• I try to find the core values that are so fundamental that they transcend ethnic identity. That doesn't mean I run from it. I embrace African-American culture and I love it and embrace it, but it is a part of a human identity. So I'm always trying to make a larger human statement.

    "Wynton Marsalis gives spirited take on jazz with 'Abyssinian Mass'". Interview with Jeremy D. Goodwin, October 24, 2013.