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Naggers always know what they ...

Naggers always know what they are doing. They weigh up the risks, then they go on and on and on until they get what they want or until they get punched.

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I do so much travelling in my ...

I do so much travelling in my work that my suitcase is always packed, with my passport ready. I rarely unpack, as I am constantly on the move.

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I've met the Queen a couple of...

I've met the Queen a couple of times, and she's been delightful. In fact, I often find myself thinking: 'What would the Queen do in this situation? Write a thank-you note? Yes, I'll do that.' She's all about courtesy.

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'The Tube' was the first time ...

'The Tube' was the first time the plebs had gone on the television. The lunatics taking over the asylum.

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It would be great to have Bach...

It would be great to have Bach in one corner, Bessie Smith in another, John Lennon in another. That's what I'd ideally like. A studio of the dead.

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As a bandleader, I try to pass...

As a bandleader, I try to pass on the same family values that I grew up with: help people, hang on to your sense of humour, be tolerant, and keep your judgments to yourself.

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Due to my work, I tend to stay...

Due to my work, I tend to stay in hotels a lot of the time, and I generally prefer smaller hotels, as you tend to get better service than in the larger hotels.

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I learned from Van Morrison an...

I learned from Van Morrison and BB King that the first take is the best. It's about capturing a moment. It's the same as love's first kiss. If you try to do it again, it doesn't work so well.

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Without the piano, my life wou...

Without the piano, my life would be a disaster - nobody would hold me in any regard. It's the thing that saved me.

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I love Yamaha Clavinovas. I ha...

I love Yamaha Clavinovas. I have them at home, in the studio and on tour with me. I find them ideal for all sorts of things: silent practice with headphones at home; writing; arranging and... just playing the blues!

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I have realised how exciting a...

I have realised how exciting and easy it is to be a time traveller by looking at paintings and films and architecture and playing music or listening to it. I don't think you necessarily have to live in the present all the time.

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My love is new music, I tend t...

My love is new music, I tend to go and see a lot of bands, while [co-producer] Mark Cooper spends his time reading the press. It's often the new acts that strike a chord, because they aren't seen on other shows.

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To me, a jazz venue is what's ...

To me, a jazz venue is what's playing there. I once saw something amazing at the Gilded Balloon during the Festival, which really stuck in my head. That's why I don't really see the Jam House as fitting in anywhere in particular in the Edinburgh jazz scene - the clubs all do different things.

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My love is new music, I tend t...

My love is new music, I tend to go and see a lot of bands, while [co-producer] Mark Cooper spends his time reading the press. It's often the new acts that strike a chord, because they aren't seen on other shows.

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Naggers always know what they ...

Naggers always know what they are doing. They weigh up the risks, then they go on and on and on until they get what they want or until they get punched.

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"Танец будущего" Айседоры Дункан

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Айседора Дункан, великая танцовщица, жена поэта Сергея Есенина вошла в историю не просто как танцовщица, она по праву считается реформатором танца. Ее движения рождались из музыки и эти пластичные дви...

Как снимали "Приключения Буратино"

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Почему Фаина Раневская отказалась от роли черепахи Тортиллы, что больше всего пугало на съемках исполнителя главной роли Диму Иосифова, как страдал Пьеро и почему режиссер не мог подобрать актера на р...