They flat their fifths, we drink ours.
Ted Lewis could make the clarinet talk. What it said was put me back in the case!
For a bad hangover take the juice of two quarts of whisky.
Krupa's drums went through us like a triple bourbon.
This all came of a conversation I had with [John] Steinbeck once when we were standing in a men's room somewhere. Steinbeck asked me why I didn't play the banjo any more and I told him that went out with the high-button shoes.
[Louis Armstrong] could play a trumpet like nobody else, then put it down and sing a song like no one else could.
Paul Desmond sounds like a female alcoholic.
Brubeck, for instance, is not careless. He's a studied guy. And even if his picture ends up on the back cover of Life, he's still a studious guy.
Finally Beiderbecke came out with a silver cornet. He put it to his lips and blew a phrase. The sound came out like a girl saying 'yes'.
As it enters the ear, does it come in like broken glass, or does it come in like honey?
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