I'm an exhibitionist, I was an exhibitionist as a kid.
My uncle and my grandfather both worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
By the mid-70s, I wanted to get out of the business. I was tired anyway.
When you're working in front of an audience, you have incentive to excel.
I don't think I went a year or so without a record between 1959 and 1979, sometimes two.
I cut myself off from the mainstream of jazz. It stood me in good stead later on, as a musician.
I think I have more in common with a carpenter than you might think. We're putting things together.
Most of what I listen to now is mainstream jazz from 1935 right up to and including early bebop and cool jazz.
You can't be afraid of failure and you can't be afraid of success, because either one gets in the way of your work.