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Born: 1927-10-13
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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Labels don't mean anything to me. I'm trying to play as passionately as I'm able to. If they want to call that cool, that's fine. Just spell the name right, is the formula.

Tags: Cool, Mean, Trying

You just keep playing. If someone special comes along and organizes it in a new way, then you'll have another approach and everybody will jump on it to try to learn.

Tags: Someone, Special, Try

A first love always occupies a special place.

Tags: Love, Place, Special

A lot of bands were doing remotes from ballrooms around the country.

Tags: Bands, Country

As long as there are people trying to play music in a sincere way, there will be some jazz.

Tags: Jazz, Music, Trying

Benny Goodman was one of the big influences as a clarinet player. That's why I wanted the clarinet.

Tags: Big, Wanted, Why

I always felt as a horn player, a jam session wasn't satisfying enough for me. I should have been a rhythm section player, actually.

Tags: Actually, Enough, Felt

I have been able to get a small audience. It's not the huge audience, but it's enough to make it possible to play. I appreciate that.

Tags: Able, Enough, Small

I hear many extra-musical things somehow in Coltrane.

Tags: Coltrane, Hear, Somehow

I listen to classical music very much. There's a lot of jazz that I don't enjoy listening to.

Tags: Enjoy, Listen, Music

I love Indian music very much, but I haven't studied that specifically.

Tags: Indian, Love, Music

I understood that if I wanted to work, the saxophone was the main instrument. The clarinet was what we call a double.

Tags: Call, Wanted, Work

I wish that person outside would stop coughing.

Tags: Outside, Stop, Wish

I'd like to feel that whatever I play is a result of whatever I've heard.

Tags: Heard, Result, Whatever

In some ways Lester Young is the most complex rhythmically of any musician. He does some things which are just phenomenal.

Tags: Complex, Ways, Young

It was 100 percent music. There was no ego involved, no attitudes, no black and white, it was pure music.

Tags: Black, Ego, Music

It's very demanding to make up your own music.

Tags: Demanding, Music

Many people do think it's naive to improvise in front of paying customers. I'm not saying one way is better than another.

Tags: Another, Naive, Saying

Most jazz players work out their solos, at least to the extent that they have a very specific vocabulary.

Tags: Jazz, Players, Work

Names and theoretical things don't occur to me. If they do, I'm not doing my real playing mode.

Tags: Names, Playing, Real

Out of Coltrane's whole history, there are things which I think are great from all the periods.

Tags: Great, History, Whole

Sound is the first thing that we tune into.

Tags: Sound, Tune

We all learn from each other, and I never really hung out with guys in that way, so I missed out.

Tags: Guys, Learn, Missed
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After playing now for 60 years, it's still very challenging for me to play a simple melody and have it clean and touch the reed at the proper time in the proper way.

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Bernstein grew up in my building in New York. He's a very, very fine player. When he was a kid, he came by to find out what was going on in the world of jazz.

Tags: Fine, Kid, Player

I could stop and say, Well that was a D minor, G seven, but I really don't want to know that. I just want to know that there's a combination of notes that makes a sound.

Tags: Makes, Sound, Stop

I just completed a tour in Europe. I played every night. This requires traveling some days for six hours in a van or a train or a car. After six weeks of that, I checked into the hotel and just fell apart.

Tags: After, Car, Night
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