I do some concerts. At the moment, I'm being helped a lot by a gig I play in London, which is Pizza Express.
Pizza Express has been a real godsend for me. I've been working there for several years, six weeks a year. You can go to work every night and play. It's a nice little club. It's just about the right size for me, about 150 people.
I have no idea what I'm doin'. I've never seen me.
But I got an audience that knows what I do. They usually show up, so I usually do pretty good.
I been getting good crowds. It only took 50 years.
I can't judge my own stuff. That's for others. But those are the three things that I admire.
I haven't stopped and I don't plan on stoppin' any time soon.
As far as I'm concerned, the essentials of jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality.
It's as much fun as it ever was, you know, once I get there. Gettin' there is a little harder.
My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang, like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden.
The jazz boom was goin' on then so there was a lot happenin' in New York at that time.
I do very few standards. Hardly any. Other people's tunes that I do are usually obscure tunes, for the most part, although I do a couple of Duke Ellington tunes that are well known.
I just try to do as good job with the material as I can and play some jazz as well, some improvised music, and do that every night. Just see where it goes.
I've heard some tunes in recent years that were pretty close to that same idea. The idea was you turn on the radio and you want to hear some music and up comes a commercial.
There's a few tunes of mine that don't have jokes, but most of them have a joke and they have a humorous point of view somewhere.
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