Risk is at the heart of jazz. Every note we play is a risk.
There is an awful lot of what I call recreational jazz going on, where people go out and learn a particular language or style and become real sharks on somebody else's language.
Jazz is like wine. When it is new it's only for the experts, but when it gets older everybody wants it.
In composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in 15 seconds, in improvisation you have 15 seconds.
I still love the whole history of Jazz. The old things sound better than ever.
Jazz is people's music, a collectivity.
A jazz musician is a combination orator, dialectician, mathematician, athlete, entertainer, poet, singer, dancer, diplomat, educator, student, comedian, artist, seducer, public masturbator, and general all-round good fellow.
I started in New Orleans music and played all through the history of jazz.
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