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Playing ‘bop’ is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing.
– Duke Ellington
It’s like an act of murder; you play with intent to commit something.
I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.
Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited.
On becoming more acquainted with the word of the Bible, I began to understand so much more of what I had been taught, and of what I had learned about life and about the people in mine.
By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.
My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.
Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn’t want me to be too famous too young.
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.
There is hardly any money interest in art, and music will be there when money is gone.
A problem is a chance for you to do your best.
People do not retire. They are retired by others.
There are two kinds of worries – those you can do something about and those you can’t. Don’t spend any time on the latter.
A man is a god in ruins.
You’ve got to find some way of saying it without saying it.
Gray skies are just clouds passing over.
The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don’t want it.
Now I can say loudly and openly what I have been saying to myself on my knees.