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As a matter of fact they'd blacken us down. I guess there's a reason that according to what the Caucasian wanted us to look like. He wanted us to look-if we were Black, then he had his idea of what we look like.
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Bud Johnson, God rest his soul of fame, a tenor saxophonist. Bud was always a big, big, big booster of mine and he always when I first met Bud in Pittsburgh when he came through there, he heard me sing and he wanted me to come to Chicago.
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Byrd's creativity was fantastic.
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I don't have perfect pitch, but I have relative pitch. I'm glad I don't have perfect pitch because perfect pitch can drive you crazy.
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I don't think that the narcotics did anything to enhance his playing, but who's to say, because nobody knew him when he wasn't.
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I have one son who's a drummer and then one son writes scripts and another daughter is a model, so they're all doing their thing.
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I just went to Harvard a little while, because I graduated from Armstrong High School in Washington and then I went up there but I didn't stay that long because I went into show business.
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I knew exactly what I was, and there was no hang-up with me. None whatsoever. The fact that the pigment of my skin maybe being lighter brown than other people of my race, maybe some of them, but you know our race has all colors.
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I never had those hang-ups. I mean, I think the people that were concerned, maybe your agents and things had those things, but I never knew.
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I started mainly learning piano, but not as an accomplished pianist. I learned by just using it as a basis for harmonic structures.
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I think a song that's got something to say. I'm not much on gimmicks. I never have been because they don't last. But I like a song that tells a story and has some meat to it, you know, that means something.
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I was so enamored with the idea of being in show business so everything was bright to me. I mean, I didn't think of it as being tough and things like that.
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I was still in school at the time and Cab was very popular and everybody was doing Cab Calloway so I did.
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I won an amateur show imitating Cab Calloway. That's how I started in the business.
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I'd always see Charlie Parker had the natural knack of doing things. And Dizzy had the knowledge of what it was.
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I'm a firm believer and I think my religion is inside.
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I'm used to hearing myself. My own voice.
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If you don't know where the line is between that intonation line, then you don't know whether you're sharp or flat.
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If you haven't experienced it to be able to possibly appreciate whoever they're writing about their appreciation of the song.
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If you want to be a doctor, a lawyer you must go to college. But if you want to be a musician or such, study your craft. Study music.
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It taught me something. It taught you your craft.
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It was my band. I organized the band and Dizzy was in the band. Dizzy was the first musical director with the band. Charlie Parker was in the band. But, no, no, that was my band.
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L.A. is kind of laid back, but New York, everybody is out there for that buck, you know.
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Mary Lou is a beautiful person. She's from my hometown, Pittsburgh. Mary Lou I love very much. She's a very accomplished musician.
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Monk was great jazz artist, but geniuses have a little extra something. There's that little something that you know is a little different.
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My youngest daughter sings. She's going to be very good. She's graduated from Music School and she's been working down around and getting her feet wet, you know. I had her out with me for a year just showing her the ropes a little bit, but she's going to be all right.
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Oh, yeah. I know Dizzy. For years he's been my buddy way, way, way back. Dizzy is one of the most astute guys and one of the most learned guys in the world and knows exactly what he's doing musically.
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Piano should be the one. Yeah, because that's your basis. Everything is right there in front of you.
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That diatonic scale gives up pretty songs over and over and over and over again, and it's up to you to enjoy it, and I do. I enjoy the business.
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Today the kids that are out now they make a hit record and they put them right out on the stage with 10,000 people out there and they don't know anything about the business yet.
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When Byrd came out of there, he had written a lot things while he was in the hospital.
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When you're playing music, say for instance, you're playing a part of the band and you're looking at your music, your horn is down into the stand. This way, it's up and it goes right on out to the audience, you know?
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You can't sing about love unless you know about it.
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You know, times change and the elements change along with it. The elements of success. And my son's very successful. He's doing very well. And I have a younger daughter who sings.
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