“When I got started in New York, it wasn’t like it is now. If you were different from Miles and Dizzy, it was very difficult to make gigs and make money with your own style.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“Dizzy used to tell me that I am playing too hard. He used to say to not give everything. Miles used to tell me that too.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“Yes, I can play. I can play. I can’t play as long as I did and as hard, but I don’t think I have to.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“I am in discussions with a label. We are talking about doing something.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“I quit drinking, so I can think clear. When you have chop trouble, drinking doesn’t help the healing process.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“They always want to sell me as a hard bopper.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“We all kind of grew up together with Art Blakey because we all were young and he gave us a chance to write. We had to write something that was good and to sit up with a great guy like Art Blakey and watch him.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“I’m going to Yoshi’s. I’m taking a few gigs. I’m playing. I’m not going to play all the time. I’m going to take it easy and take it slow and warm up so I can come back.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“I had heard Ornette a couple of times, but I didn’t really know where he was coming from until we started the record and it was beautiful. It opened up my mind.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“I met up with Art Blakey in 1963, I think. It was right after Lee Morgan left and I played with him for about two and a half years.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“That was the biggest thrill, going over to these guy’s houses and having them want me to practice with them and they would show me a lot of stuff, which was really advanced stuff to me at my age.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“I advise all the young kids to not overwork. You can’t be out there blowing hard. You have to pace yourself.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“Well, my sister played trumpet. Can you imagine having a sister blowing the trumpet around the house? And my brother, he played piano. Everybody was playing some kind of music, so it was natural for me to get into it.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“When you are trying to do something when you are getting started and you are trying to make records for the first time, you want it to be the best.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“You don’t realize at first when you listen to Armstrong’s records how great this man was and how hard that Hot Five music was to play. After the experience of reading and playing those parts, I have an even greater respect for Louis Armstrong than before.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“A very few musicians passed across all decades. In terms of trumpet playing, Louis Armstrong does it of course but Sweets [Edison] is right up there too. He is unique, in every sense of the term.” – Freddie Hubbard.
“Man, they gave me a key to the city. Can you imagine going back to Indiana and getting the key to the city So that made me feel pretty good.” -Freddie Hubbard.