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Benny Green

A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.

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Prior to that, I had associated this music with older people, like my father.

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I don't really have a lot of hobbies. I listen to a lot of spoken word. I get books on tape.

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The first time we performed as a duo, we had already been playing together in various situations.

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Actually, I've had very little classical training, although I love listening to classical music very much.

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No, that's not it. The first time we met was at Fat Tuesday's. Benny was playing, this was, I think in 1989?

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Art was carrying me a lot of the time. When you're accustomed to playing with Art, and you play with other drummers, it's as if the bottom dropped out.

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I'm naturally going to react to that and he'll bring out elements in my musical character that were lying dormant, because I'm relating what he's playing.

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You know, there're no rules between Russell and I. We don't want to have to have to talk too much, because it's really precious, really special to play music.

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The first jazz pianist I heard was Thelonious Monk. My father was listening to an album of his called 'Monk's Dream' almost every day from the time I was born.

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