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All my musical foundations go back to the age of 3. My family tell me that I used to listen to the old crystal set, then go to the piano and pick out the tune that I just heard.
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Can anybody be given a great degree of creativity? No. They can be given the equipment to develop it-if they have it in them in the first place.
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Having a set, popular formula does inhibit you.
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I believe that the people that really make it-including any of the Top 10 sounds of today-are sincere about it.
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I don't like freedom jazz - I think it's void of roots and void of foundation.
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I don't think you can contrive any sound.
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I have appeared with a number of the major orchestras-Cleveland, Rochester, Buffalo, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Utah, Honolulu.
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I have never applied myself to learn a piece of music away from the instrument. I sit down at the piano, read a bar, then play it.
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I have re-learned Braille music, which I use for the study of classical pieces to play with symphony orchestras.
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I haven't written an awful lot recently, but I think I probably will start again very shortly. Being so much on the road, when you have a couple of weeks off, you're likely to avoid sitting at the piano, and taping, and giving yourself more work to do.
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I studied with a blind teacher from about 5 until I was 16, at two different schools. From the age of 12 until 16, I was in a boarding school-which, I believe, at that time was compulsory for blind children.
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I think in certain areas the demand is greater than it has ever been, and my business is better than it's been in 30 years. The music business is so precarious, as you know-you've got to make it while you can make it, and that's exactly what we're doing.
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I think it was Duke Ellington who once said that we're always most pleased with our current record. I mean, you have to assume that you learn from one, and you do something better next time.
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I wanted to keep that subdued rhythm section. The more I thought about it, the surer I was that the way to commercialise this would be to bring it to the Glenn Miller level and play tunes that the public would know.
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I was born in London in 1919. I first went to America in 1946 for a three-month holiday. Then I came back, worked here for almost a year sold up my home and went back on immigration in 1947.
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I've always felt that it's necessary for me to add to the sound, as on the Capitol albums with strings or brass, rather than to change it entirely.
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If you establish an identity, you build a monster-and that's right, you've got to live with it. Of course, you can enjoy it, too.
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If you intend to live your life in a country that has turned out to be very good for you in every way-business-wise, in particular-you adopt that country's ways and participate as a citizen.
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In Braille you write your flat sign first and then your note.
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My affiliation with England is borne out by the fact that I do come back for periodic visits.
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My first-ever professional job was in a pub-the Mason's Arms in Lambeth. I got 25 bob a week, and had a box on top of the piano for any extra gratuities.
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Perfect retention. I don't think I could do that-I've never disciplined myself to do it.I suppose a lot of it is a question of discipline. Which improvisation is not.
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Teddy Wilson, I think, said a little while ago that it's much easier to come in and play whatever comes into your mind, without obeying any of the laws of bass line and harmony and so on.
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The way it works: The orchestra plays a few selections of its own and I terminate the first part of the programme on piano, usually with a movement from a Mozart concerto.
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We're travelling for about nine-and-a-half months a year.
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When Hank Jones had his night off, I would get somebody to take my place as intermission pianist and I'd play the show with Ella, so I would get a chance to play with Ray Brown and Charlie Smith as well.
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When we get off, I'm truly very capable of sitting in an armchair, lying back, and either reading or going to sleep-or playing bridge. Or going tandem cycling-which I think is the safest way for a blind man to ride a bike!
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You know, when you've established a certain thing, what can you do? You're stuck with it.
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