When he was playing nothing could get in his way. Once, at an outdoor concert at Saugerties, New York, in the summer of 1985, after playing for nearly fifteen minutes and wanting “to get closer to the people,” he jumped off the high stage and shattered his heel.

The pain was so great he couldn’t get back onto his feet, but he went right on playing from the ground, “not because the show must go on,” he explained, “but because I still was able to blow.”

Jazz: A History of America’s Music; by Geoffrey C Ward and Ken Burns

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