You can't sing about love unless you know about it.
When Byrd came out of there, he had written a lot things while he was in the hospital.
Monk was great jazz artist, but geniuses have a little extra something. There's that little something that you know is a little different.
Mary Lou is a beautiful person. She's from my hometown, Pittsburgh. Mary Lou I love very much. She's a very accomplished musician.
L.A. is kind of laid back, but New York, everybody is out there for that buck, you know.
It was my band. I organized the band and Dizzy was in the band. Dizzy was the first musical director with the band. Charlie Parker was in the band. But, no, no, that was my band.
It taught me something. It taught you your craft.
I'm a firm believer and I think my religion is inside.
I think a song that's got something to say. I'm not much on gimmicks. I never have been because they don't last. But I like a song that tells a story and has some meat to it, you know, that means something.
I never had those hang-ups. I mean, I think the people that were concerned, maybe your agents and things had those things, but I never knew.
I knew exactly what I was, and there was no hang-up with me. None whatsoever. The fact that the pigment of my skin maybe being lighter brown than other people of my race, maybe some of them, but you know our race has all colors.
I don't have perfect pitch, but I have relative pitch. I'm glad I don't have perfect pitch because perfect pitch can drive you crazy.
Bud Johnson, God rest his soul of fame, a tenor saxophonist. Bud was always a big, big, big booster of mine and he always when I first met Bud in Pittsburgh when he came through there, he heard me sing and he wanted me to come to Chicago.
I was still in school at the time and Cab was very popular and everybody was doing Cab Calloway so I did.
I'm used to hearing myself. My own voice.
Oh, yeah. I know Dizzy. For years he's been my buddy way, way, way back. Dizzy is one of the most astute guys and one of the most learned guys in the world and knows exactly what he's doing musically.
Piano should be the one. Yeah, because that's your basis. Everything is right there in front of you.
I started mainly learning piano, but not as an accomplished pianist. I learned by just using it as a basis for harmonic structures.
You know, times change and the elements change along with it. The elements of success. And my son's very successful. He's doing very well. And I have a younger daughter who sings.
My youngest daughter sings. She's going to be very good. She's graduated from Music School and she's been working down around and getting her feet wet, you know. I had her out with me for a year just showing her the ropes a little bit, but she's going to be all right.
I have one son who's a drummer and then one son writes scripts and another daughter is a model, so they're all doing their thing.
If you want to be a doctor, a lawyer you must go to college. But if you want to be a musician or such, study your craft. Study music.
Today the kids that are out now they make a hit record and they put them right out on the stage with 10,000 people out there and they don't know anything about the business yet.
That diatonic scale gives up pretty songs over and over and over and over again, and it's up to you to enjoy it, and I do. I enjoy the business.
I was so enamored with the idea of being in show business so everything was bright to me. I mean, I didn't think of it as being tough and things like that.