“PRACTICE, and play. Play any kind of music anywhere, weddings, carnivals, dances, circuses. Play and make sure that you give it your best. Be the best out there. I've played burlesque shows and recently I played a parade, right down Broadway in New York. Get a job, take it, be there on time.”
—Elvin Jones, 1974 clinic Q&A
The Joe Brazil Project blog has shared the entire interview, which is worth reading.