What we used to say was whoever had the bow tie got to lead the band. There was never any jealousy.
If you're making money people don't think you're playing Jazz. When you're not making money they think you're a great Jazz musician.
I was improvising before I was reading music. I was just trying to play things on the clarinet by ear. I think my ear is one of my greatest assets.
If I had grown up in any place but New Orleans, I don't think my career would have taken off. I wouldn't have heard the music that was around this town. There was so much going on when I was a kid.
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