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The first jazz pianist I heard was Thelonious Monk.
by Benny Green

The first jazz pianist I heard was Thelonious Monk.
My father was listening to an album of his called 'Monk's
Dream' almost every day from the time I was born.
- Benny Green

The magic can happen in a studio.
Special things can happen in a recording studio,
even though it may seem like a clinical environment
from the outside looking in.
- Benny Green

Art was carrying me a lot of the time.
When you're accustomed to playing with Art,
and you play with other drummers, it's as if the bottom dropped out.
- Benny Green

We have different personalities, but in a harmonious way,
I'd say.
Anyway, we were booked to play at the festival as a duo;
and we decided we wouldn't have any rehearsal.
- Benny Green

 

Prior to that, I had associated this music with older people,
like my father.
- Benny Green

I didn't know when I was growing up that this was a very special program,
that this wasn't going on in other parts of the country.
Now I realize that I was lucky.
- Benny Green

Just to have that sense of family, it gives you something
that you know you need to take care of for the rest of your life.
People gave it to him, and he passed it on to us.
- Benny Green

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A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.
- Benny Green

The first time we performed as a duo,
we had already been playing together in various situations.
- Benny Green

You know, there're no rules between Russell and I. We don't want to have to have to talk too much,
because it's really precious, really special to play music.
- Benny Green

Actually, I've had very little classical training,
although I love listening to classical music very much.
- Benny Green

No, that's not it.
The first time we met was at Fat Tuesday's.
Benny was playing, this was, I think in 1989?
- Benny Green

I'm naturally going to react to that and he'll bring
out elements in my musical character that were lying dormant,
because I'm relating what he's playing.
- Benny Green

I don't really have a lot of hobbies.
I listen to a lot of spoken word.
I get books on tape.
- Benny Green

I have similar feelings, actually.
The intimacy of a club: you can see the people,
you can almost feel them; you can't beat that.
People will say things, and shout out,
it's almost like they're up on the bandstand with you.
- Benny Green

I'm glad you asked that question, because of any musical situation I've been in,
the communication feels great here with Russell.
He really pays close attention to what I'm doing because he cares.
- Benny Green

Just to be around that, to feel a part of it and be
able to integrate the experience while I was with the Messengers,
of going and playing gigs with other drummers,
gave me the chance to realize that it was not just
me that was making it happen.
- Benny Green

Any time I need to get a serious attitude adjustment,
I put on one of their records, and there are examples
there for all time to keep us honest and keep us reaching;
they'll never be eclipsed.
- Benny Green

We have fun, we listen to one another,
we challenge one another, we trust one another.
We're doing what we enjoy, and we're not just playing for each other,
we're playing for the people.
- Benny Green

He would catapult you forward, and that was his intention
with the Jazz Messengers.
He would take young people with a potential and help
them develop a voice as a player and as a writer.
- Benny Green

Like Russell, I enjoy the fact that when I'm playing solo,
if I want to do something completely spontaneous,
I don't have to worry about how I'm going to cue the other musicians,
or if it's something that's rehearsed.
- Benny Green

I think there's a natural chemistry between us as friends;
and there's really no separation between the rapport
that we feel when we're in conversation and when we're playing music,
it's one in the same.
- Benny Green

Ray had so much love of life and the music.
He had so much integrity.
He treated the music with so much dignity and respect.
I spent four and a half years as a sideman with Ray Brown's trio.
Music was his life, more so than anyone I could mention.
- Benny Green

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

Recognizing my blindness is the first step
toward regaining my sight.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith


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