I don't care too much about music. What I like is sounds. -- Dizzie Gillespie
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I haven't a great jazz band, and I don't want one.

"I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed"

"Musically, I love to talk just off the top of my head & that's what Jazz is all about."

"Jazz attracted me because in it I found a formal perfection and instrumental precision that I admire in classical music, but which popular music doesn't have." 

I always think of music as interior decoration. So, if you have all kinds of music, you are fully decorated !

"I'm an interpreter of stories. When I perform it's like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories."  

Well if I could play like Wynton  (Marsalis), I wouldn't play like Wynton."

"... I don’t know what I’m doing, but I know how to do it”

“Playing is my way of thinking, talking, communicating” Lionel Hampton