“That’s What They Don’t Teach”

"When I first played with Jackie McLean I met him on the bandstand. He turned around, said "hello" and called out a tune. I didn't know the tune and I played through it and said, "okay, this is a baptism by fire." I thought, "this is it, this is real, I'm no longer in my basement practicing to records, this is real." I was seventeen years old.

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