Musicians comments on Jazz
"Life is a lot like jazz. . . it’s best when you improvise. . ."
“Hot can be cool, and cool can be hot, and each can be both. But hot or cool, man, jazz is jazz.”
"You can’t play nothing on modern trumpet that doesn’t come from him, not even modern shit. I can’t even remember a time when he sounded bad playing the trumpet. Never. Not even one time. He had great feeling up in his playing and he always played on the beat. I just loved the way he played and sang. (On Louis Armstrong)"
"Nothing is out of the question for me. I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up in the morning and see the light…Then I’m grateful."
“My first relationship to any kind of musical situation is as a listener.”
“There are four qualities essential to a great jazzman. They are taste, courage, individuality, and irreverence. These are the qualities I want to retain in my music.”