What we play is life.
Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them.
All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.
We all do 'do, re, mi,' but you have got to find the other notes yourself.
If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.
If I don’t practice for a day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days, the critics know it. And if I don’t practice for three days, the public knows it.
Never play anything the same way twice.
Jazz is played from the heart. You can even live by it. Always love it.
My whole life, my whole soul, my whole spirit is to blow that horn.
You blows who you is.
Never play a thing the same way twice.
The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard on a hot night or something said long ago.
Not too slow, not too fast. Kind of like half-fast.
I don't need words. It's all in the phrasing.
My life has always been my music, it's always come first, but the music ain't worth nothing if you can't lay it on the public. The main thing is to live for that audience, 'cause what you're there for is to please the people.
If it hadn't been for Jazz, there wouldn't be no rock and roll.
If ya ain't got it in ya, ya can't blow it out.
When I go to the Gate, I'll play a duet with Gabriel. Yeah, we'll play 'Sleepy Time Down South' and 'Hello, Dolly!.' Then he can blow a couple that he's been playing up there all the time.
Music is either good or bad, and it's got to be learned. You got to have balance.
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