"Don't sit near the air conditioner- you'll catch a draft."
"Don't go out with your hair wet, you'll get pneumonia."
"How come you don't have Al Green doing "Call Me" on your answering machine anymore?"
"Edwin Vazquez sings like a cantor. He has that cry in his voice."
"Billy Paul at Metro Tech was great...great...he jumped off the stage and he's no kid."
"Remember when we saw Kid Creole and the Coconuts 1AM in the morning?"
"Your friend Carlton (Carlton J. Smith) is SOME performer and I've seen the best."
"Scott (Bernstein) and Danny (Everett) are like my second sons. My Black and White sons."
"Dad was funny, wasn't he? His tombstone says, "He made people laugh."
"I used to see Killer Kowalski at the Eastern Parkway Arena with Grandpa. He was handsome. Handsome."
"Play Moody's Mood for Love..."
"How's Johnny Valiant doing?"
"Sammy Davis, Jr. in Golden Boy and West Side Story were probably the greatest things I ever saw."
"Your friends who play the blues are great together" (Robert Ross & Felix Cabrera).
"How's Nikolai (Volkoff)? What a nice man."
"I used to go up to the mountains every summer. Buddy Hackett always asked me out."
"Slim Gaillard was a great performer. He was a friend of mine when I was young. And he had SOME body."
I lived at Birdland. I saw EVERYONE. One night Art Tatum was playing and people weren't listening and he just walked off. Art Tatum..."
"I went with Dad down South on our honeymoon. The train was segregated- we had no idea- we were New Yorkers. We were talking to a Black man and they asked us to leave the car. We refused."
"My friend Sunny was an actress and she'd cook big pots of spaghetti for all the starving actors. We had a party and Marlon Brando, John Cassavetes and Peter Falk came. Brando didn't say much."
"I'm very proud of you..."
Evan Ginzburg is the Associate Producer of The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke. His Arts program, The Evan Ginzburg Show appears Sundays 11AM on www.villageconnectionradio.com