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Herbie Mann
April 16, 1930 - June 1, 2003
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

But when I first got cancer, after the initial shock and the fear and paranoia and crying and all that goes with cancer - that word means to most people ultimate death - I decided to see what I could do to take that negative and use it in a positive way.


My father's father came from Russia; my mother came from Romania.


If you want to play somebody's music, you'd better go into his house.


My ego is controlled enough that I don't have to be the focus.


The music we're playing now is based on my heritage, which is Russian, Romanian and Hungarian.


Being selfish to me means that you have to look out for yourself and you don't have to sacrifice.


To most jazz critics I was basically Kenny G.


Think about it: Look at the strides of awareness and treatment and tests that women have had with breast cancer, that the gay community has had with AIDS, because they're active and they talk about it.


I had sat in one day in Central Park with Bonnie and Delaney, and Duane was playing with them, so I asked if he wanted to work on an album. You never had to say to him how to play the guitar.


Why do you have to retire at 65? Why can't you start at 70? You know, like wine. Why can't music be that way? My new band, we're playing stuff that's never been done before.


One of the advantages of not having a record contract is that you can make your own mistakes, you don't need somebody else to organize them for you.


By the time I'm 90, I hope to have it together.


What I try to do is produce an atmosphere where musicians want to invest in what they do and give to the recording. I hire those musicians who I know will play something creative and interesting.


I recently formed a foundation to raise awareness for prostate cancer. I feel it's very necessary that men be more aware about prostate cancer and their health in general.


Being stubborn has helped, being selfish is not a bad thing.


You don't have to live the blues to play the blues.


I always say, if you keep your head in the sand, you don't know where the kick's coming from.


You have to be concerned with yourself because if you're not on it all the time, nobody else is going to be.


The reality is that what you find out is that your head is the medicine. If your head is not in the right place and you don't think positively, all the medicine technology in the world is not going to work.


When you get cancer, it's like really time to look at what your life was and is, and I decided that everything I've done so far is not as important as what I'm going to do now.


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