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Born: 1927-04-06
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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You can make a saxophone into an electric organ; you can do everything with it.

Tags: Electric, Organ, Saxophone

In fact, I heard Bird first, and had got well into listening to him. You know, it's the kind of accidental thing that awareness of a player is: what's available, what somebody happens to play for you.

Tags: Fact, Happens, Him

Now, the instrumentation in the jazz band and the jazz dance band has gone through many evolutions. For instance, in the 'twenties the tradition was two or three saxophones.

Tags: Band, Dance, Three

People talk about innovations and evolutions and that kind of thing; I don't understand about that nonsense. It's like, all instruments are there to use all the time.

Tags: Talk, Time, Understand

You start way down on a low B flat on the tuba and you have a chromatic scale; you can match the colours all the way up, till you get to the top of the trumpet.

Tags: Match, Start, Top

Actually, it is a fact that I've been doing more writing than playing in recent years.

Tags: Fact, Playing, Writing

Because if you've got the wit, you can make anything into a melody, ultimately.

Tags: Melody, Ultimately, Wit

Eliminating the piano means that I've always worked closer with the bass than most players.

Tags: Means, Players, Worked

I like what I hear other guys doing, but the thing that really attracts me is melodic playing.

Tags: Guys, Hear, Playing

I'm fascinated with the electronic devices that we can mess around with.

Tags: Electronic, Fascinated, Mess

I've always wanted a C trumpet on top, to have that same kind of facility without shouting.

Tags: Shouting, Top, Wanted

I've appeared on some other people's albums.

Tags: Albums

If you've only got one horn playing, I still want the sense of ensemble.

Tags: Horn, Playing, Sense

In a way, I started out to be a baritone player.

Tags: Baritone, Player, Started

It's true I've always been attracted to the jazz band in an orchestral way, rather than a band way.

Tags: Band, Rather, True

Miles Davis is one who writes songs when he plays.

Tags: Miles, Songs, Writes

New York is still where I live most of the time.

Tags: Time, York

Only the French, I guess, really use tenor and alto to any great extent in the orchestra.

Tags: Great, Guess, Orchestra

People are approaching electronic levels in music; although not all of it happens to tickle my fancy.

Tags: Fancy, Happens, Music

So I played alto for quite a while until I saved up the money for the baritone.

Tags: Money, Until, While
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The baritone can serve functions that the alto and tenor cannot, in orchestral voicing.

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The first reason for starting to do the symphony concerts was to play this new piece of mine.

Tags: Mine, Piece, Reason

The other saxophones, except as solo instruments, really don't have much point in the orchestra.

Tags: Except, Orchestra, Point

The recording industry has changed; they're enjoying such incredible success in the pop field.

Tags: Changed, Industry, Success

The Russian composers, especially, tricked the symphony orchestra into the kind of dynamic, rhythmic thing.

Tags: Composers, Orchestra, Russian

Then, of course, I played alto and tenor, wherever there were jobs.

Tags: Jobs, Played, Wherever

This life of being a transient human being has gotten to a point when it's very hard to bear.

Tags: Hard, Human, Life

When I began listening to saxophones, I was first attracted to Coleman Hawkins.

Tags: Attracted, Began, Listening

When we've finished the current tour I'm going to go back to Italy and see if I can do some more writing.

Tags: Current, Finished, Writing

For me, I never ever felt the ownership or any identity with any community of disabilities. I didn't grow up being told that I was a disabled child.

Tags: Child, Community, Grow

I had a paper round and every night I would put the dinner on before Mum came home from work. I was capable because I had to be.

Tags: Home, Night, Work

The Pentagon isn't a place that champions individuality and innovation.

Tags: Champions, Innovation, Place

True beauty is when someone radiates that they like themselves.

Tags: Beauty, Someone, True

With L'Oreal, I get to be Aimee Mullins, model. No qualifier. And that means everything to me.

Tags: Means, Model

Giving up is conceding that things will never get better, and that is just not true. Ups and downs are a constant in life, and I've been belted into that roller coaster a thousand times.

Tags: Giving, Life, True

I have found great power in taking my 'difference' out for a spin in a very public way. And usually, the worst, most personally embarrassing thing you imagine in your mind is often not anywhere near as bad in real life.

Tags: Great, Life, Power

I'm not an advocate for disability issues. Human issues are what interest me. You can't possibly speak for a diverse group of people. I don't know what it's like to be an arm amputee, or have even one flesh-and-bone leg, or to have cerebral palsy.

Tags: Group, Human, Speak

I've had journalists asking me, 'What do we call you - is it handicapped, are you disabled, physically challenged?' I said, 'Well hopefully you could just call me Aimee. But if you have to describe it, I'm a bilateral below-the-knee amputee.'

Tags: Call, Describe, Said

It's society that disables an individual by not investing in enough creativity to allow for someone to show us the quality that makes them rare and valuable and capable.

Tags: Enough, Society, Someone

People presume my disability has to do with being an amputee, but that's not the case; our insecurities are our disabilities, and I struggle with those as does everyone.

Tags: Disability, Everyone, Struggle

Whether it is your height, your weight or your skin, someone is going to pick on something and make fun of it. My legs were just a more obvious target.

Tags: Fun, Someone, Whether
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