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All musicians are potential band leaders.
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All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.
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All musicians stimulate each other. The vibrations get scattered around.
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Along with bass and piano, I was always at the spot, and could keep working on the music.
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Be-bop wasn't developed in any deliberate way.
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But I never get enough sleep. I haven't slept eight hours through in a long time.
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But I was raised in New York, and it's home to me.
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Everybody in all countries tries to play jazz.
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Everyone is influenced by everybody but you bring it down home the way you feel it.
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I always believed in being myself.
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I always wanted to play the piano, and jazz appealed to me.
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I always wanted to play the piano.
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I can shoot pool, and I can play ping-pong. I'm pretty good at those games.
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I cut out from home when I was a teenager and went on the road for about two years.
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I did two years all over the States; playing in the churches was a lot of fun.
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I don't know what other people are doing - I just know about me.
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I guess, you know, if I didn't make it with the piano, I guess I would've been the biggest bum.
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I had a little teaching; you have to have some kind of teaching.
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I have to listen to New York; I live there. I wasn't born there, but I've been living there all my life.
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I hit the piano with my elbow sometimes because of a certain sound I want to hear, certain chords.
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I learned how to read music all by myself.
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I learned the chords and fingering on the piano.
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I left North Carolina when I was 4 years old.
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I like casual clothes much better.
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I look at TV, see everything there just laying in the bed.
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I miss a lot of things that're written about me. I don't read papers. I don't read magazines.
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I never though much about race.
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I think all styles are built around piano developments.
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I was about 11 or something like that when I started, and used to play with all the different side bands when I was a teenager.
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I was brought up as a Protestant. I went to a lot of Baptist churches and a lot of Protestant churches, Sunday school and all that.
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I wouldn't say I'm religious, but I haven't been around the churches in a good while so I don't know what they're putting down in there now.
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I'd go stupid collecting and counting my money.
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I'm not thinking that race thing now; it's not on my mind.
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I've got a wife and two kids to take care of, and I have to make some money and see that they eat and sleep, and me, too - you dig?
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I've never copied anyone, though; just play music.
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If my own work had more importance than any others, it's because the piano is the key instrument in music.
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If someone wants to play music you do not have to get a ruler or whips to make them practice.
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My daughter she wants to be a star, a singer.
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My mother didn't want me to grow up in North Carolina so I grew up in New York City where I kept on playing music.
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My wife and kids spend a lot of money, but I really don't know how much I make.
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Seems musicians come to New York and they reach a certain maturity, because there's an awful lot of good musicians in New York.
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The family travels a lot with me when they can. My wife always does.
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The piano lays the chord foundation and the rhythm foundation, too.
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We have two kids, my wife and myself.
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Well, I like music and I like plays and that is what opera is.
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Yeah, I played in the Baptist church, and I'll tell you something else - I worked with the evangelists for some time, too.
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You can try so many things with jazz.
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You have all types of people in all types of professions, like the motion picture actors.
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