"Some of the best advice came from the masters—Ruben Blades, Paul Simon, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente—who really took me under their wing. Celia Cruz told me, ‘Don’t hang out with the musicians after the show.’ Cause they’re a different breed. (Laughs.) That served me well. The level of encouragement from those masters, who told me I was on the right track. People didn’t get it at the time; they encouraged me to stick to what made me different. I was lucky."
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