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A railroad track separated the black people from the white people. I had fun growing up. I just liked to play around.
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As we were growing up, we had jazz recordings, but you listen to Miles Davis or Clifford Brown or Dizzy Gillespie, you are so far away from what that is, it just seems like another world.
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Don't settle for style. Succeed in substance.
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Don't wish for someone else to do later what you can do now.
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Don't worry about what others say about your music. Pursue whatever you are hearing... but if everybody really hates your music maybe you could try some different approaches.
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Dr. King worked in the shadow of slavery and discrimination. We are in the shadow of the worst natural disaster to ever befall America.
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Even in these times, there are still neighbors that will turn their backs on neighbors.
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From the kindergarten to third grade, I went to an all-black school. I was the funny guy, I cracked all the jokes.
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I always read all these books about the slaves. My mother is very educated. My father would talk to us like we were grown men. We never knew what he was talking about half the time.
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I believe in professionalism, but playing is not like a job. You have to be grateful to have the opportunity to play.
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I believed in studying just because I knew education was a privilege. It was the discipline of study, to get into the habit of doing something that you don't want to do.
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I didn't want to get that ring around my lips from practicing the trumpet, because I thought the girls wouldn't like me. So I never practiced.
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I feel like a lot of the fundamental material, I've assimilated. So now the question is: Am I going to really get into my spiritual inheritance of music and really develop my abilities?
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I got my first trumpet when I was six years old, from Al Hirt. My father was playing in Al Hirt's band at that time.
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I had five brothers, and we would do all kind of crazy things. We had rock fights, throw shells. We'd go up on the levee in New Orleans. We lived about a block from the Mississippi river.
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I have absolutely no idea what my generation did to enrich our democracy. We dropped the ball. We entered a period of complacency and closed our eyes to the public corruption of our democracy.
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I learned a lot in the schools that I went to. It was a Catholic school, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and I had really good teachers.
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I liked to go to different people's houses and eat whatever they were eating and just hang out. Go in the back with my friends and listen to Stevie Wonder records or whatever was popular at the time.
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I liked to play ball. I was a mediocre ball player. I didn't have a lot of athletic ability, but I worked at it.
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I never really had any identity crisis when I was coming up. It was not like in the old days when you had five jazz trumpet players.
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I never thought of being in competition with Clark Terry or Sweets Edison or any of the musicians from that era.
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I really like William Faulkner. He's from the South. Just the poetry of his language and the type of people he is describing, it's like people that I knew.
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I recorded my first album when I was 19, first album under my own name.
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I sounded like myself. People be saying I sound like Miles or Clifford Brown.
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I wanted to make somebody feel like Coltrane made me feel, listening to it.
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I was a devious kind of kid. I would do all kinds of dumb stuff.
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I'm always thinking of how I can keep that hunger.
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I'm speaking from inside of our culture. We're not taking a moralistic view. It's a comment on our way of life and our culture.
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I've had a long period of time to try to learn the music, Because my generation was very impoverished, it's very hard to teach yourself.
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If you get a lot of publicity and you travel around doing interviews, it's not like when you were 15 or 16 and practicing four and five hours a day.
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In the black school, everybody liked you. If you made good grades they said you were smart. In the white school, some of the kids were cool, but it was just a very strange transition to me, in terms of school.
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It was Dr. King's tireless activism that fostered our modern way of relating to one another.
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It's good to be home. It's especially good to be home in a time of crisis because tough times force us to return to fundamentals.
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It's important to address young people in the reopening of New Orleans. In rebuilding, let's revisit the potential of American democracy and American glory.
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Jazz is not the kind of music you are going to learn to play in three or four years or that you can just get because you have some talent for music.
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Many a revolution started with the actions of a few. Only 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. A few hanging together can lead a nation to change.
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Many of you are visitors to New Orleans, but it won't take four years for the Crescent City to be forever in your blood.
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Maybe the preoccupation with technological progress has overshadowed our concern with human progress.
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My daddy expected that my brothers and I and our generation would make the world a better place. He had lived in an America of continual social progress.
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My first serious debut was just playing little pop gigs around New Orleans. Just playing horn parts.
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My older brother and myself always played together in bands, but we never knew we would be professional musicians.
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My older brother Branford was playing the clarinet and the piano. But I didn't actually start practicing until I was 12.
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Only a few act - the rest of us reap the benefits of their risk.
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Our challenge is to rebuild a great city in times of unbelievable political callousness and corruption.
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People have taken time out of their day and spent their money to come sit down at a concert. And it's jazz music-it's not easy for them to get to it. I don't want them ever to feel that I'm taking their presence lightly.
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Reed players are always licking on reeds, and shaving them, and looking at them. When you see a lot of reed players together, they always get along.
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Thank the good Lord for a job.
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The bandstand is a sacred place.
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The best way to be, is to do.
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The first time I ever played the trumpet in public, I played the Marine Hymn. I sounded terrible.
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The generation we grew up in, nobody could improvise and play. We had stopped playing blues, and really there was no way for us to figure we could learn how to play.
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The most immediate concern for New Orleans is the well-being of our displaced neighbors spread out in a Diaspora all over the United States.
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The musicians I respected were much older than me. I expected them to cut my head, and they did.
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The nerves are a problem on trumpet, because when you mess up everyone can hear it. Just remember most people are too polite to say anything about it. That should calm your nerves.
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The rebuilding of New Orleans is an important point in the history of the United States.
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The young very seldom lead anything in our country today. It's been quite some time since a younger generation pushed an older one to a higher standard.
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There are forces all around you who wish to exploit division, rob you of your freedom, and tell you what to think. But young folks can rekindle the weary spirit of a slumbering nation.
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There really have only ever been a few people in each generation who step out, are willing to put themselves on the line, and risk everything for their beliefs.
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There was one thing Beethoven didn't do. When one of his string quartets was played, you can believe the second violin wasn't improvising.
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There's the tradition in jazz of having the Battle of the Bands, and you do not want to get your head cut when you're playing.
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This rebuilding of New Orleans gives us the perfect opportunity to see if we're ready to extend the legacy of Dr. King.
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Through first-class education, a generation marches down the long uncertain road of the future with confidence.
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Trumpet players see each other, and it's like we're getting ready to square off or get into a fight or something.
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We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major responsibility of it is participation.
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We looked up to our father. He still is much greater than us.
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What I really have in my head, my imagination, my understanding of music, I never really get that out.
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What, other than injustice, could be the reason that the displaced citizens of New Orleans cannot be accommodated by the richest nation in the world?
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When did we begin to lose faith in our ability to effect change?
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When I auditioned for my high school band the band director was excited because my father was known to be a great musician. When he heard me, he said 'Are you sure you're Ellis's son?'
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When I first came to New York everybody on the scene would treat me like I could play, but I couldn't.
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When I released my first album, I had already gone through realizing that I had a long way to go.
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When I was in high school the word would be on the grapevine that there's a cat in New Orleans that can play.
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When new cats come in to the band, they're not used to that type of intensity, so whoever is closest to that person is the one whose job it is to, what we call, put them on a vibe.
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Whenever you face a man who's playing your instrument, there's a competition.
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You have the conception of New Orleans jazz: group improvisation, cooperative ensemble playing, which functions exactly like a democracy.
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You need a team. You need people to push you. You need opponents.
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2008-05-13

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