MJF's Interview with
Artists Who Influenced
"There is only one heaven, one earth and one queen (me), Queen Elizabeth is an impostor." - Dinah Washington during a performance in London.
"My mother always told me, even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own to it. I'd like to think I did that." - Etta James
“The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.” - James Brown
“We stuck to who we were at Motown, and the world came around.” - Berry Gordy, Jr.
Nat King Cole
“I’m an interpreter of stories. When I perform it’s like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories.” - Nat King Cole
“When you get a groove going, time flies.” - Donald Fagen
"Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision." - Stevie Wonder
"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art." - Charlie Parker
"Bebop was about change and evolution. It wasn't about standing still and being safe." - Miles Davis
"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." - Ella Fitzgerald