It's very demanding to make up your own music.
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After playing now for 60 years, it's still very challenging for me to play a simple melody and have it clean and touch the reed at the proper time in the proper way.
As long as there are people trying to play music in a sincere way, there will be some jazz.
Many people do think it's naive to improvise in front of paying customers. I'm not saying one way is better than another.
Bernstein grew up in my building in New York. He's a very, very fine player. When he was a kid, he came by to find out what was going on in the world of jazz.
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C. S. Forester