We usually never got out of there before four or five o’clock in the morning. Every morning. So it was rough.
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A movie and a stage show are two entirely different things. A picture, you can do anything you want. Change it, cut out a scene, put in a scene, take a scene out. They don’t do that on stage.
90%, 100% are going there to hear the singing. The story is another thing. Nobody’s interested in the story. Happiness is happiness.
Everybody did something. It was very entertaining. We had a lot of fun. Lot of fun. And there was no segregation, that I could see. I never saw any.
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There’s always this sound out there that’s just a little beyond my reach and that just sort of keeps me going.
I just wonder where I was when the talent was being given out, like George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Eric Clapton… oh, there’s many more! I wouldn’t want to be like them, you understand, but I’d like to be equal, if you will.
Check out the albums, … Check out the live performances. That’s the reality of it all. Music is such an energizing thing.
People sometimes say it takes a long time to become a Jazz fan, but for me it took about five seconds.
Just because I’m playing Jazz I don’t forget about me. I play or write me the way I feel through Jazz.
My life is music, and in some vague, mysterious and subconscious way, I have always been driven by a taut inner spring which has propelled me to almost compulsively reach for perfection in music, often -in fact, mostly -at the expense of everything else in my life.
Jazz is a sideways glance at music. It’s like being an architect, knowing the basis of design but understanding that the façade can be whatever you dream. I’m a free person. I don’t want to be tied down.
I’m very shy, and I shy away from people. But the moment I hit the stage, it’s a different feeling I get nerve from somewhere; maybe it’s because it’s something I love to do.
Even if you have some brilliant jazz ideas, it’s going to be difficult to get them across unless you have 1-a distinctive sound or 2- a loud sound. These are musts.
You’re just a little too hip for the room. It’s not good to be too hip because two hips make an ass.
Ive never thought the blues was a matter of copying other people. The blues singer should sing songs about his own life. And once the ball got rolling, I felt confident enough to do that as well as cover other peoples songs, and the tributes. Youve got to think about representing your own life in the music, and for me that meant bringing in an element of jazz; I was brought up on jazz, it was my fathers work, it was in the house.