I don't enjoy traveling in America. I don't like the food, the cars. It is not exotic enough. It all tastes a bit like airline food.
I don't think you can ever regain your ignorance.
I like chords that are very lush with all the lush parts taken out.
Living composers writing for big band are very few and far between. There are not a lot of them, and I have a talent for doing it. I am zeroing in on what I do best.
When Ronald Reagan was elected I was on a bus traveling with a band in France. I wrote a little arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner in a minor key.
When you are studying jazz, the best thing to do is listen to records or listen to live music. It isn't as though you go to a teacher. You just listen as much as you can and absorb everything.
I got started when I was 3 years old because my father was a music teacher and my lessons were free. Instead of learning to walk, you learn to play the piano.
I don't need much coaxing.
One performer whose band played my music better than I could myself was Art Farmer. He recorded 'Sing Me Softly of the Blues' and 'Ad Infinitum'.
When you have 13 horns, and one is soloing, you have 12 people to play the richest, fullest chord you could ever imagine behind that solo.
Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker seemed so sophisticated and bad. I wanted to be like that.
I still prefer the bebop of the '40s. The very stuff I started out with is still the best to me. I have come full circle.
I write very slowly.
It would be really hard to get serious about anything political today unless it was a joke.
There are times when what's happening in rock is the best music in the world, and there are times when there is nothing worthwhile at all.
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