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Mose Allison
November 11, 1927 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

As far as I'm concerned, the essentials of jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality.


I just try to do as good job with the material as I can and play some jazz as well, some improvised music, and do that every night. Just see where it goes.


Traveling these days has a lot of problems and also it wears you out more.


I have no idea what I'm doin'. I've never seen me.


I just have a lot off different influences.


I went through the whole number, you know. The swing era, the boogie woogie era, the bebop era. Thelonious Monk is still one of my favorites. So a lot of these people had their effect on me.


All the classic jazz players all sang and a lot of 'em sang blues.


The jazz boom was goin' on then so there was a lot happenin' in New York at that time.


I'm playin' the music I like.


I'm playin' music for a certain type of person. Fortunately, there are more and more of us. At least there are more comin' to see me than there were 30 years ago or so.


The thing of playin' and singin' never bothered me.


I can't judge my own stuff. That's for others. But those are the three things that I admire.


It's as much fun as it ever was, you know, once I get there. Gettin' there is a little harder.


I sang and wrote songs when I was 12 years old.


At this point, I don't listen to other people too much. I'm not really that affected by anyone.


There's a lot of terrible things goin' on all the time, but you gotta try and have some fun in the end.


I've been able to do pretty well. I don't work as many consecutive nights as I used to, but I'm still working over 100 nights a year, so that's good for me.


I do very few standards. Hardly any. Other people's tunes that I do are usually obscure tunes, for the most part, although I do a couple of Duke Ellington tunes that are well known.


And Lennie Tristano I like a lot, I still like him.


My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang, like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden.


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