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[Presentation Zen]:
(1) ‘The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen.’ (Duke-Ellington)
(2) ‘Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can’t be taught.’ (Paul-Desmond)
(3) ‘Don’t bullshit… just play.’ (Wynton-Marsalis)
(4) ‘If they act too hip, you know they can’t play shit!’ (Louis-Armstrong)
(5) ‘Master your instrument. Master the music. And then forget all that bullshit and just play.’ (Charlie-Parker)
(6) ‘It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.’ (Dizzy-Gillespie)
(7) ‘You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere.’ (John-Coltrane)
(8) ‘When people believe in boundaries, they become part of them.’ (Don Cherry)
(9) ‘Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.’ (Charles Mingus)
(10) ‘I can’t stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession. If you can, then it ain’t music…’ (Billie-Holiday)
(11) ‘A great teacher is one who realizes that he himself is also a student and whose goal is not to dictate the answers, but to stimulate his students creativity enough so that they go out and find the answers themselves.’ (Herbie-Hancock)
(Garr also has some comments on each.) (Nope, no idea why the dashes.)