I’ll always remember when I first heard Lester [Young]. I’d never heard anyone like him before. He was a stylist with a different sound. A sound I’d never heard before or since. To be honest with you, I didn’t much like it at first.
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All I wanted was to be big, to be in show business and to travel… and that’s what I’ve been doing all my life.
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I always try to teach by example and not force my ideas on a young musician. One of the reasons we’re here is to be a part of this process of exchange.
I went through a lot of mental pains and anguish about choosing between jazz and classical. I realized that where I functioned was where I should be, and where I functioned was in jazz, so that was it.
There’s only one thing that everyone in this world has in common: whether you want to love somebody and you want to be loved in return.
Jazz music is an aural souvenir of mankind’s attempt to express the intangible, the heart, the soul, through art.
If one were asked to name one musician who came closest to composing without human flaw, I suppose general consensus would choose Johann Sebastian Bach.
I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.