Don't worry about what others say about your music. Pursue whatever you are hearing... but if everybody really hates your music maybe you could try some different approaches.
The nerves are a problem on trumpet, because when you mess up everyone can hear it. Just remember most people are too polite to say anything about it. That should calm your nerves.
Your life is valuable and worth something, and look at this contribution that we are bringing to this country.
This girl, about 14, came to see me and I said, 'What are you doing out so late?'
I told her, 'I'll be there -- if you wake me up! Just let the phone ring a lot.'
To put on your suit and play jazz music, ... knowing that many people in your audience have never experienced any jazz whatsoever, you have to believe beyond the fear of rejection. But that fear is part of creating.
This is one of the great cultural cities of the world. Through the music, New Orleans spoke to the soul of the nation. That's why this is a national crisis.
We have a lot that we've offered this country. It's our art form. It's America's art form.
I hate auto-pilot playing, ... And I think you know the kind of playing I'm talking about.
We really turned it into a jazz work, ... We did a lot of playing with - and off - the orchestra. But we were watching the conductor the whole time. We weren't just out there. We worked everything out in advance. ... We're very pleased with the way it turned out.
Jazz is not just 'Well, man, this is what I feel like playing.' It's a very structured thing that comes down from a tradition and requires a lot of thought and study.
it ain't as hard as picking cotton
I sounded like myself. People be saying I sound like Miles or Clifford Brown.
It's important to address young people in the reopening of New Orleans. In rebuilding, let's revisit the potential of American democracy and American glory.
People have taken time out of their day and spent their money to come sit down at a concert. And it's jazz music-it's not easy for them to get to it. I don't want them ever to feel that I'm taking their presence lightly.