"I like getting to explore less-traveled roads, so to speak. That's the way I am personally, and that's why jazz kind of grabbed me. It's like life. If you do the same thing over and over and over again, it gets a little boring. The fact that there's room for creativity at any time when you play jazz, that's what's appealing to me."
"You're put on the spot, and you have to execute with accuracy. As a teacher, if you don't have that experience, you're missing something."
"There are no shortcuts. You really have to face up to reality and learn it the hard way, work your way up."