People sometimes say it takes a long time to become a jazz fan, but for me it took about five seconds.
The beauty of jazz is that it's malleable. People are addressing it to suit their own personalities.
My older brother Mike is an excellent trumpet player. By the time he was 12, he was playing around Kansas City in classical situations. He was already an amazing talent.
More and more as time has gone on, I realize that playing is really more about listening than it is about playing.
I saw A Hard Day's Night 12 or 13 times.
Whatever my recorded output is, it's a reflection of a general love of music.
I was able to work with the best musicians in Kansas City starting when I was really young.
I don't know if I would qualify as mainstream. I think I have managed to function pretty successfully on the fringes of the music world and have been able to play exactly what I have wanted the way I have wanted.
Listening is the key to everything good in music.
It's more about conception and touch and spirit and soul than whether my hardware was in place.
I hate the way chorus boxes sound.
I realized that equipment really had little to do with why I sound like the way I sound.
I think I have a basic sound aesthetic that is in most of what I do.
From 1962 to 1965, the guitar became this icon of youth culture, thanks mostly to the Beatles.
I don't worry too much about the fundamentalist principles that are in almost any discussion about jazz.