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Mose Allison Quotes

35 Mose Allison quotes:

"All the classic jazz players all sang and a lot of 'em sang blues."
"I can't judge my own stuff. That's for others. But those are the three things that I admire."
"I do some concerts. At the moment, I'm being helped a lot by a gig I play in London, which is Pizza Express."
"I finally decided if I was going to make a living, I was gonna have to come to New York."
"I went through the whole number, you know. The swing era, the boogie woogie era, the bebop era. Thelonious Monk is still one of my favorites. So a lot of these people had their effect on me."
"These people that think I'm cynical, I wish they'd come to see my shows these days because I've turned into a comedian, practically."
"I just try to do as good job with the material as I can and play some jazz as well, some improvised music, and do that every night. Just see where it goes."
"I sang and wrote songs when I was 12 years old."
"I've heard some tunes in recent years that were pretty close to that same idea. The idea was you turn on the radio and you want to hear some music and up comes a commercial."
"Pizza Express has been a real godsend for me. I've been working there for several years, six weeks a year. You can go to work every night and play. It's a nice little club. It's just about the right size for me, about 150 people."
"So I'm in my 51st year of playin' mostly nightclubs. I do some concerts."
"The thing of playin' and singin' never bothered me."
"There's a lot of terrible things goin' on all the time, but you gotta try and have some fun in the end."
"I'm pretty much self-centered in that way. I don't try to predict what's gonna happen to jazz or anything like that. Nobody knows what jazz."
"Then I started listenin' a lot to classical composers. Piano works. Just to see what they were doin'. That sort of put me in a different groove to try to blend all that in."
"And Lennie Tristano I like a lot, I still like him."
"As far as I'm concerned, the essentials of jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality."
"At this point, I don't listen to other people too much. I'm not really that affected by anyone."
"But I got an audience that knows what I do. They usually show up, so I usually do pretty good."
"I been getting good crowds. It only took 50 years."

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