Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
It isn't where you came from, its where you're going that counts.
The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.
Jazz is a good barometer of freedom.
I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know.
The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.
Jazz is like wine. When it is new it's only for the experts, but when it gets older everybody wants it.
There's a way of playing safe, there's a way of using tricks and there's the way I like to play which is dangerously where you're going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven't created before.
I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once.
As long as there are musicians who have a passion for spontaneity, for creating something thats never been before, the art form of jazz will flourish.
What we play is life.
There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.
There is no such thing as a wrong note.
Do not fear mistakes. There are none.
The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician.
Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.
You are the music while the music lasts.
Critics have their purposes, and they're supposed to do what they do, but sometimes they get a little carried away with what they think someone should have done, rather than concerning themselves with what they did.
Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young.
I think I was supposed to play jazz.
Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.
Risk is at the heart of jazz. Every note we play is a risk.
If it has more than three chords, it's jazz.
It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.
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