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You can only do something you really believe in.
The phone rings in my office. It’s Rudy Van Gelder! He says . . . did you write Basically Blues . . . yes I did . . . well Buddy Rich just recorded it. Where do we send the check?
I started teaching before I even had a teacher. For me teaching is a joy.
Freddie’s feel, his time, his sound, just the spirit and essence of his playing. . . if I could play one phrase as great as what I just heard, that’s it! I could just retire!
Creative music will only really work in the marketplace if you’re a good businessman.
I played with Eugene Ormandy one time. I was 18, he was 80.
It’s like looking at the Dead Sea Scrolls when you look at the paper with Thad Jones hand.
Jazz is a living medium and for it to continue it has to evolve.
You can create a lot of great opportunities for yourself as a musician if you just make stuff.
Any profession where the supply is much greater than the demand, you have to have tremendous persistence and desire to be really great.
In the old days, we'd have copying parties. . . you copy violin 1, you copy violin 2.
As much as I love Thad Jones, he did everything right except leaving the band in a healthy way.