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“Art is not the bread, but the wine of life.”  John Paul Richter                               “How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudiced. I am a visual art.”  Kermit the Frog, muppet                               “Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.” Henry Miller                              “A first rate soup is better than a second rate painting.”  Abraham Maslow                               “Never play a thing the same way twice.”  Louis Armstrong                              “You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream."  Frank Zappa                              “Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does."  Allen Ginsberg                              “Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.” Georgia O’Keefe                              "Music is esentially useless, as is life." George Santayana                              “The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard on a hot night or something said long ago.”  Louis Armstrong                              “I taught them everything they know, but not everything I know.”  James Brown                              “Originality's the thing. You can have tone and technique and a lot of other things but without originality you ain't really nowhere. Gotta be original.”  Lester Young                              “The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.”  James Baldwin                            “I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.”  Ray Charles                              “You can play a shoestring if you're sincere.”  John Coltrane                              “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  Pablo Ruiz y Picasso                           




Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and Friends of Arts Education at the Cerritos Center



Hollywood Bowl



Laguna Playhouse


Monterey Jazz Festival


Ojai Music Festival



South Coast Repertory Theater












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