"You gotta mean it and you gotta treat it gentle."
"I am inclined to just write music, and not worry about what people can and can’t do."
"When I got inside, it was a revelation."
"I learned one thing: how to get where you're going on time."
"After you've done all the work and prepared as much as you can, what the hell, you might as well go out and have a good time.."
"The good old days are neither better nor worse than the ones we're living through right now."
"Can't help swinging."
"Musically, the bebop route was magnificent. But business-wise, it was the dumbest thing i ever did."
"It’s just one way, and every man must go his own way."
"When you're playing jazz, you have to somehow overcome that feeling of being intimidated because your aim is to portray that freedom in what you're playing.."
"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air. You can never capture it again.."
"I was improvising before I was reading music. I was just trying to play things on the clarinet by ear. I think my ear is one of my greatest assets.."
"I don't want to talk too much before you hear the music."
"Music, was in my soul and in my heart. I never had the idea to do anything else."
"Jazz amounts to Blues, your unique sound and the elusive genius of improvisation."
"We can play what we want, we can control who comes into the band and who goes out of the band. People hear us from all over the world and call us and they want us to come and play for them."
"Music is so powerful, how can you not be influenced by it?."