It is becoming increasingly difficult to decide where jazz starts or where it stops, where Tin Pan Alley begins and jazz ends, or even where the borderline lies between between classical music and jazz. I feel there is no boundary line.
The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen.
Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn’t want me to be too famous too young. (On the Pulitzer board denying him the prize the Pulitzer jury voted him in 1965.)