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Notable Quotable: NEA Jazz Master edition

"Many people come up to me and ask me how I play this jazz so good, you know? And they think I'm going to tell them something like it's in the hands or the heart or some nonsense like that. But I'm here to tell you, it ain't cosmic. It ain't super deep. And it ain't got nothing to do with talent. I mean, what's talent anyway? Here's the truth: I just play the notes, man, that's all I do. I play the notes right there on the paper. Just like my momma taught me." -- I. Jacques Reilly, NEA Jazz Master*



*April Fool's! Though Ignatius Jacques Reilly makes a fine character in A Confederacy of Dunces, he's not much of an NEA Jazz Master! Click through to read interviews and quotes from actual NEA Jazz Masters


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