The public, hearing pop music, is, without knowing it, also soaking up jazz.
The history of all big jazz bands shows was, first they played for dancing, and then they played for singing.
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.
The record companies are interested in the kind of sales they can get from the rock groups.
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 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.
As long as we're in a democracy, I have to give what I think the majority of people will enjoy.
I made it easier for many artists to play in certain areas.
I still continue to do at least four concert tours a year, and in many cases, as many as six.
I don't want to sound as if I'm doing something tremendously special. But I am a jazz fan.
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