Do not fear mistakes. There are none.
For me, music and life are all about style.
Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.
The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.
Always look ahead, but never look back.
You should never be comfortable, man. Being comfortable fouled up a lot of musicians.
Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is.
If you're trying to be hip, be hip.
A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I'm still doing it.
I never thought Jazz was meant to be a museum piece like other dead things once considered artistic.
I don't care if a dude is purple with green breath as long as he can swing.
My father's rich, my momma's good looking. Right? And I can play the Blues. I've never suffered and don't intend to suffer.
Don't play what's there, play what's not there.
I never thought that the music called "jazz" was ever meant to reach just a small group of people, or become a museum thing locked under glass like all the other dead things that were once considered artistic.
You know why I quit playing ballads? Cause I love playing ballads.
We don't play to be seen. I'm addicted to music, not audiences.
If you understood everything I say, you'd be me!
Jazz is like blues with a shot of heroin!
To keep creating you have to be about change.
You have to be born with it. You can't even buy it. If you could buy it, they'd have it at the next Newport Festival.
Monk taught me more about music composition than anyone else on 52nd Street.
In Europe, they like everything you do. The mistakes and everything. That's a little bit too much.
I can tell whether a person can play just by the way he stands.
There are no wrong notes.
Music is the framework around the silence.
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