Change is always happening. That's one of the wonderful things about Jazz music.
I remember the night when I was playing at Birdland, and Duke Ellington walked in wearing that cap of his and with all his elegance. The Duke then came backstage, and I was there with my band. That's the one thing I miss.
I'm a person of change and I must be honest to my artistry and my creativity. That's part of the word 'jazz'... it's an adventure.
The day of the great Jazz improviser who doesn't know how to read music is over.
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