I tell my friends about my conversations with my father – conversations with an artist.
I went to the Paradise Restaurant on 49th Street and Broadway which was where they were playing, and I sat in.
Don’t make art for other artists or for ‘intellectuals’, make art for people – and if you can touch just one person in a lifetime and make a difference – you have succeeded.
If you believe in your art, and you love what you do, that energy will go out, and people will respond.
When I started out, all I did was play my trombone.
I didn’t get paid. I didn’t even care that I didn’t get paid.
I sat in at every club in New York City, jamming with musicians, because it felt right – and because it felt right and we were having fun – the people dancing and sipping their drinks in the clubs felt it too and it made them smile.