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I've been able to do pretty well. I don't work as many consecutive nights as I used to, but I'm still working over 100 nights a year, so that's good for me.
 

I've heard some tunes in recent years that were pretty close to that same idea. The idea was you turn on the radio and you want to hear some music and up comes a commercial.
 

It's as much fun as it ever was, you know, once I get there. Gettin' there is a little harder.
 

My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang, like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden.
 

Pizza Express has been a real godsend for me. I've been working there for several years, six weeks a year. You can go to work every night and play. It's a nice little club. It's just about the right size for me, about 150 people.
 

So I'm in my 51st year of playin' mostly nightclubs. I do some concerts.
 

The jazz boom was goin' on then so there was a lot happenin' in New York at that time.
 

The thing of playin' and singin' never bothered me.
 

Then I started listenin' a lot to classical composers. Piano works. Just to see what they were doin'. That sort of put me in a different groove to try to blend all that in.
 

There's a few tunes of mine that don't have jokes, but most of them have a joke and they have a humorous point of view somewhere.
 

There's a lot of terrible things goin' on all the time, but you gotta try and have some fun in the end.
 

Traveling these days has a lot of problems and also it wears you out more.
 


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