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All of the great jazz players have had instrumental personality. You can recognize them by the way they played.
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All the classic jazz players all sang and a lot of 'em sang blues.
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And Lennie Tristano I like a lot, I still like him.
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As far as I'm concerned, the essentials of jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality.
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At this point, I don't listen to other people too much. I'm not really that affected by anyone.
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But I got an audience that knows what I do. They usually show up, so I usually do pretty good.
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I been getting good crowds. It only took 50 years.
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I can't judge my own stuff. That's for others. But those are the three things that I admire.
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I do some concerts. At the moment, I'm being helped a lot by a gig I play in London, which is Pizza Express.
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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.
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I finally decided if I was going to make a living, I was gonna have to come to New York.
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I have no idea what I'm doin'. I've never seen me.
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I haven't stopped and I don't plan on stoppin' any time soon.
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I just have a lot off different influences.
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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.
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I manage to stay pretty busy, regardless. I work a lot of different types of rooms. They're not all jazz rooms.
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I never sit down and write. I just sorta let things form in my brain.
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I sang and wrote songs when I was 12 years old.
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I went through the whole number, you know. The swing era, the boogie woogie era, the bebop era. Thelonious Monk is still one of my favorites. So a lot of these people had their effect on me.
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I'm always storing away phrases and ideas and things that I think might turn into songs.
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I'm playin' music for a certain type of person. Fortunately, there are more and more of us. At least there are more comin' to see me than there were 30 years ago or so.
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I'm playin' the music I like.
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I'm pretty much self-centered in that way. I don't try to predict what's gonna happen to jazz or anything like that. Nobody knows what jazz.
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I've been able to do pretty well. I don't work as many consecutive nights as I used to, but I'm still working over 100 nights a year, so that's good for me.
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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.
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It's as much fun as it ever was, you know, once I get there. Gettin' there is a little harder.
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Louis Jordan, I always liked him as well.
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My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang, like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden.
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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.
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So I'm in my 51st year of playin' mostly nightclubs. I do some concerts.
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The jazz boom was goin' on then so there was a lot happenin' in New York at that time.
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The thing of playin' and singin' never bothered me.
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Then I started listenin' a lot to classical composers. Piano works. Just to see what they were doin'. That sort of put me in a different groove to try to blend all that in.
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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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There's a lot of terrible things goin' on all the time, but you gotta try and have some fun in the end.
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These people that think I'm cynical, I wish they'd come to see my shows these days because I've turned into a comedian, practically.
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Traveling these days has a lot of problems and also it wears you out more.
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