Satchmo

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Louis ("Satchmo") Armstrong (1900-1971), US jazz trumpeter, singer, band leader, and composer, was notable for he willingness to say what was on his mind with minimal regard for external sensitivities.

When his long-time assistant, Doc Pugh, had died, Satchmo was asked by friends what had ailed the man.

"What was wrong with Doc," replied Satchmo with a sad look.

"Man, when you die EVERYTHING is wrong with you ..."

---------------A Final Thought ...

"The basic difference between classical music and jazz is that in the former the music is always greater than its performance—Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, for instance, is always greater than its performance--whereas the way jazz is performed is always more important than what is being performed."

- André Previn (b. 1929), US musician