Music making is the most joyful activity possible, the most perfect expression of any emotion.
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When I got my first guitar my fingers wouldn’t go to the sixth string so I took off the big E and played with just five strings. I was only 6 or 7.
Jazz is like wine. When it is new it’s only for the experts, but when it gets older everybody wants it.
Despite the fact I’m a professional performer, it’s true that I have always preferred playing without an audience.
I try to teach by example and not force ideas on a young musician. We’re here to be part of a process of exchange.
I think of guitar players in terms of doctors: you have the doctor for your heart, the cardiologist, then one that works on your feet, your leg. But I believe George Benson is the one that plays all over. To me, he would be the M.D. of them all.
I think we musicians are emissaries. Every time we go before the public, we’re there to make converts.
The challenge to the improvisor is to get permanence into his spontaneity. The challenge to the composer is to get spontaneity into his permanence.
In the 1990s, with Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, those really big female artists were very glamorous, it was all about the glamour at that time. And so there was a big switch, the desire to be more who you were, not so beholden to this whole standard of beauty. It was a liberation. You see Mary J Blige – she did the same, wearing the combat boots.