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Jazz music and, more specifically, jazz musicians, are my artistic heroes. I want to be the Thelonious Monk of acting. He had no concern for how well he was received. He played whatever he wanted whenever he wanted. He just wasn't interested in achieving the good opinion of his audience. That's the Holy Grail of acting; of any art form.
I took some lessons as a kid but trained myself by ear. I did it the way jazz musicians used to learn years ago, which is to play records and slow them down to figure out the notes. At first I tried to imitate Red Garland, who was my favorite jazz pianist.
Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented. Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does.
Coltrane would do what you'd get a Roland Pro Tools module to do but with a group of jazz musicians.
Comedians talk to other comedians the way jazz musicians can talk to each other.