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.
The history of all big jazz bands shows was, first they played for dancing, and then they played for singing.
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.
I'm concerned with trend. I don't know where jazz fans will come from 20 years from now.
Jazz was uplifted by what I did.
When I was doing jazz concerts in America, I would use the biggest names I could find.
Amsterdam must have more than a million people. But the only area where jazz is really profitable and successful in an economic sense is in Japan. That's because they haven't been exposed enough.
For years, Jazz At The Philharmonic albums were the only ones of their kind.
The whole reason for Jazz at the Philharmonic was to take it to places where I could break down segregation.
I don't know who's 18 years old today that, 20 years hence, is going to be a jazz fan.
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.
I don't want to sound as if I'm doing something tremendously special. But I am a jazz fan.
The public, hearing pop music, is, without knowing it, also soaking up jazz.
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