may know more than a thing or two about getting things done. If you haven’t heard of him, he’s an American musician, producer, conductor, arranger, composer and film producer. He has amassed 79 Grammy Award nominations, 28 Grammys and seven Oscar nominations in his career. He is one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th Century and produced the biggest selling album of all time, Thriller. Boom!
“Nelson Mandala always told me, “Quincy, the collective is always more important than the individual.” It’s not “I me mine” but “we us they”. And I learned that very early. That’s what the big band’s all about. It’s only as strong as the weakest member.”
“Mark Twain said: “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” That’s a very profound comment because we can freak out and get angry, but that protest, vandalism and violence doesn’t work. We’ve gotta be smart now, to steer this turkey in the right direction.”
I made every mistake on the planet but that’s how you learn. I was in Europe with my big band in 1957/58. Instead of taking the paid transportation home after the contract I kept them on for some more gigs. 26 years old and I kept 33 people in Europe for ten months. It gotto the point where I almost committed suicide in Helsinki. It was that painful. I had no manager, no agent, nothing. It took me seven years to pay off that money.
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