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.
The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.
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.
Starting in the middle of a musical sentence and moving in both directions at once.
It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play.
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.
Jazz is my adventure. I'm after new chords, new ways of syncopating, new figures, new runs. How to use notes differently. That's it. Just using notes differently.
Jazz is people's music, a collectivity.
Jazz is the language of the emotions.
Jazz is what I play for a living.
Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can't be taught.
I'm all in favor of getting grants for musicians. Or any other good brand of Scotch.
Trane was the father. Pharoah was the son. I was the holy ghost.
In Europe, they like everything you do. The mistakes and everything. That's a little bit too much.
Make no mistake, this music is for everyone. Jazz is not an exclusive, elite club. Go ahead, listen to your Snoop Doggy Dog, Pearl Jam, Garth Brooks, but add a little Ellington, Basie and Coltrane to your life as well.
I tell my students, 'It's an important tradition and you have to go back and hear this music and learn its language all the way through. How are you going to know what's new to play, if you haven't listened to everything that's old?'
If someone has been escaping reality, I don't expect him to dig my music.
Trumpets! Can you bring your... uh... extracurricular tubing necessities next rehearsal?
Most customers, by the time the musicians reach the second set, are to some extent inebriated. They don't care what you play anyway.
Well, I'm too old to pimp, and too young to die, so I'm just gonna keep playin'
I'd been getting bored with the stereotyped changes (harmonies) that were being used all the time. I found that by using the higher intervals of a chord as a melody line and backing them with appropriately related changes I could play the thing I'd been hearing. I came alive.
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