Jazz is America's own. It is played and listened to by all peoples - in harmony together. Pigmentation differences have no place... as in genuine democracy, only performance counts.
For years, Jazz At The Philharmonic albums were the only ones of their kind.
If you look at my audiences, even in Europe, they're hardly teenagers.
I don't think that jazz, as any kind of an art form, has any permanence attached to it, apart from the practitioners of it.
You’re probably smarter than you present yourself.
I don't say that the supposed Civil Rights development is a myth, but it's a matter of dealing with reality. It's purely peripheral and, in many cases, it's just a facade.
Sponsors and networks will really go all out and simply evaluate people on the basis of talent.
My function at Verve was that of a genuine producer in artists and repertoire.
In 1958, I decided that I was going to live in Europe permanently. So in 1959 I moved to Lugano, Switzerland.
My juices needed restoring. I needed a sabbatical from the record business.
If I were to put on Barbra Streisand and Duke Ellington, one might say the combination isn't good.
I'm talking as a professional impresario. I'm not judging anybody at all.
I still continue to do at least four concert tours a year, and in many cases, as many as six.
I made it easier for many artists to play in certain areas.
If you don't get substantially what you want, be ready to walk. And don't look back.
The whole reason for Jazz at the Philharmonic was to take it to places where I could break down segregation.
I'm concerned with trend. I don't know where jazz fans will come from 20 years from now.
You will always find a few people in any area that would like things done completely their way.
The public, hearing pop music, is, without knowing it, also soaking up jazz.
I don't want to sound as if I'm doing something tremendously special. But I am a jazz fan.
I don't think I will ever do any tours again in the United States. I rather think that that's over with.
The economic picture in the States today doesn't allow for jazz concerts in a tour fashion. People now are too used to the Festival, which gives them more names for the same price.
Germany is probably the richest country in Western Europe. Yet they wouldn't take any television with Duke and Ella, their reaction being that people weren't interested in it.
The record companies are interested in the kind of sales they can get from the rock groups.
There are very few groups that really stay together. The leaders of groups make enough money to be able to afford to work a maximum of 35-40 weeks a year.
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