I play as I feel.
More quotes by Oscar Peterson
Montreal was a very active jazz center until club owners started putting in strippers instead of music. Before long, there was nothing to hear.
I dont do something because I think it will sell 30 million albums. I couldnt care less. If it sells one, it sells one.
I don’t believe that a lot of the things I hear on the air today are going to be played for as long a time as Coleman Hawkins records or Brahms concertos.
I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea.
More quotes about Music
I think the most important thing about playing is to walk out with confidence, look the people right in the eye and say ‘Here I am,’ and go and do your thing. As soon as they know you’re confident, they’re confident. As long as you adjust to them you’re not in trouble. You should eyeball them, find out what they want, and give it to them. They didn’t pay to come out and look at the tapestries.
Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I’m happy with that.
After you’ve done all the work and prepared as much as you can, what the hell, you might as well go out and have a good time.
I don’t do something because I think it’ll sell 30 million albums. I couldn’t care less if it sells just one.
I think the idea is now for blacks to write about the history of our music. It’s time for that, because whites have been doing it all the time. It’s time for us to do it ourselves and tell it like it is.