"I think we have to do our part. It may sound 'socialist,' but I do think it's important, if you are lucky enough to largely benefit from what you are given, to share the wealth. You should spread it around." ~Don Cheadle discusses the Not on Our Watch Project
“It was horrendous. You went to work at 9pm and you played six forty-five minute sets for a room half full of people who were maybe paying attention, but more often not. You did this five or six nights a week. You left the joint at 3:00 a.m. with a few dollars in your pocket and a greasy dinner in your stomach. No, I wouldn’t want to return to those days. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed playing the music, but it was a constant hustle it would have been better to avoid.”
~Roy Haynes on the mid-century "golden age" of jazz
"To live in this world, you must be able to do three things:
to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones
knowing your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go." ~Mary Oliver
"Absorb what is useful.
Discard what is not.
Add what is uniquely your own." ~Bruce Lee
"You gotta put down the ducky
if you want to play the saxophone." ~Ernie