It was very accessible for us to see everybody and meet them walking in the streets. It was a blessing, to be exposed to the best of what this music has to offer. I saw Miles Davis when I was 14. My first show was Aretha Franklin when I was 6. I saw everybody — McCoy Tyner, Cecil Taylor, the Crusaders — the list goes on and on. All that before I was even 14 years old.
Pianists like Cecil Taylor and Paul Bley have made a big impact on my improvisation, and my ideas about composition ... But I still practice a lot of classical music — by composers like Martin Feldman and Gyorgy Ligeti — so I get a lot of inspiration from that.More quotes »
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a date to view all events Where does jazz end, and contemporary classical music begin? It’s not a new question — pianist Cecil Taylor, who is usually categorized as a jazz artist, had listeners wondering what box to put him in way back in the 1950s. But it’s from St. Louis Post-Dispatch Read more »