"I'm happy that I succeeded in doing two things: I made the drummer a high priced guy, and I was able to draw more people to jazz."
In 1939, I first met Gene. I started at the Hickory House in 1938. So Gene and I had been friends for over 30 years. I guess that everything that has been said about the man has been said before me.
I can remember being 16 years old, listening to 17-year-old Mike Shrieve on the first Santana album. It was released soon after Santana's stunning performance at the Woodstock Festival.
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