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It’s like looking at the Dead Sea Scrolls when you look at the paper with Thad Jones hand.
Richard Galliano, the world’s greatest accordionist, hired me to play piano and accordion, which obviously made me the world’s second greatest accordionist!
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.
Freddie told me there were two trumpet players that scared him, Booker Little and Woody Shaw. Can you imagine scaring Freddie Hubbard?
When the band was playing, Thad was happy. He made the music. The music came out of him.
Writing for McCoy was great. You could be the saddest arranger in the world. . . you could write nothing, but when he plays it, it sounds great!
For the record, if anyone on Broadway or in LA says it’s going to be easy, you have to assume it’s going to be the hardest thing in the world!