1. 10

    A genius is the one most like himself.

  2. 9

    I don't have a definition of Jazz. You're just supposed to know it when you hear it.

  3. 8

    A note can be as small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination.

  4. 7

    Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean you don't have to keep time.

  5. 6

    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.

  6. 5

    Jazz is freedom. You think about that.

  7. 4

    When I was a kid, some of the guys would try to get me to hate white people for what they've been doing to Negroes, and for a while I tried real hard. But every time I got to hating them, some white guy would come along and mess the whole thing up.

  8. 3

    Trying to explain music is like trying to dance architecture.

  9. 2

    The loudest noise in the world is silence.

  10. 1

    I say, play your own way. Don't play what the public want - you play what you want and let the public pick up on what you doing - even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years.

  11. Last Update: 24 June 2021

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