Over the weekend I read an interview with an eighty-nine-year-old trumpet-playing World War II fighter pilot named Jack Tueller. In 1939 he played for Louis Armstrong, who gave him the following piece of professional advice:
Always play the melody, man. Look at them, see their age group, play their love songs, and you’ll carry all the money to the bank.
I wish I’d been able to put that quote into Pops!