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A lot of guys died very early. Very few guys, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, very few of those guys reached my age of 67, which I am at the present.
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But if I didn't have to make money, I would still play my horn.
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Europeans really provided many venues over there and hailed the jazz artists, and a lot of musicians went over there and stayed over there for a long time. A lot of them moved over there, lived over there, and died over there.
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Even the most jingoistic person would have to admit that even American cultural music comes from Europe. That's what classical music is, real European music.
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I am a person who thinks about the music first in trying to achieve something musically valid.
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I can name a lot of people whose productive, whose creativity dies when they got L.A. Maybe it's too laid back. It's too comfortable.
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I don't think jazz should try to change. I think jazz is varied enough and there is so many different kinds of jazz. So jazz doesn't need to change.
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I don't want to appear hostile, like I'm hostile to L.A. or that I feel that the people don't appreciate jazz. I don't think it's that. I think it's something more. It's something a little bit more complicated than that.
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I enjoy playing clubs. I still enjoy the closeness of the nightclub venue. However, after a certain period of time and after playing around some of the clubs in New YorkI felt that jazz should be presented in a more prestigious atmosphere.
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I feel that L.A. has not always been my strongest base for support. That can be for various reasons.
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I guess fortunate that I'm still around and I emphasize I guess because you never can tell what musicians would be playing had they been around as long as I have.
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I have always been a person who is concerned with the dignity of jazz music and the way jazz musicians have been treated and are treated, and the fact that the music has not been given the kind of due that it deserves.
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I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking themselves to death and not really being able to get any work and working in small, funky jazz clubs.
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I miss playing with Miles. I did play with him a little while before he left the planet, but even at that time I longed to maybe do some things together.
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I think as long as people are around and can hear a record and hear people like Lester Young on a recording, there will always be a great inspiration for somebody to try to create jazz.
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I think the problem starts with the general appreciation of the music in the larger society.
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I think we are in the midst of this period where we are committing this suicide on the planet and everybody is just using up all of our natural resources like a bunch of insane people. That's what I worry about more than I worry about jazz.
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I think what we need is a more welcoming mode from the people who put on a hundred million country-western shows on television. How about a monthly jazz show?
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I've played with all of the heavyweights in the modern jazz, progressive jazz movement. I've been fortunate enough to play with them, a who's who. All of those guys, I've been fortunate enough to have performed with.
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If I wanted to be self-congratulatory, I guess I could say people in L.A. are shallow or something like this. I mean it's certainly been said often enough. And that the people in L.A. like glitz more than they like depth.
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It's all about creation and surprise. It just needs to be appreciated and watered like flowers. You have to water flowers. These peaks will come again.
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Jazz has an audience all around the globe and has had for many decades, I think speaking of the United States, let's say that what we need is more of an official recognition.
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Many jazz artists go to L.A. seeking a more comfortable life and then they really stop playing.
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My mother came from St. Thomas. I heard that melody and all I did was actually adapt it. I made my adaptation of sort of an island traditional melody. It did become sort of my trademark tune.
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So the people over there have a very advanced appreciation of music and they recognize the power and the beauty and the wonderfulness of jazz.
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'St. Thomas' is actually an island melody, sort of a traditional island melody, so all I did was sort of make my arrangement on it.
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There are a lot of jazz musicians, however, who do have to go to Europe and most of their work is in Europe. That's not true for me.
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There have been many great musicians that, Clifford Brown is one great example, I mean he died very early, 25.
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There was a period which I refer to as the 'Golden Age of Jazz,' which sort of encompasses the middle Thirties through the Sixties, we had a lot of great innovators, all creating things which will last the world for a long, long time.
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There's a lot of musicians I miss working with from the past because fortunately, I have played with so many of these guys.
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We will always have people that will be playing like Erroll Garner coming up, to name one example, but there's so many.
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What I am more concerned about is whether our whole civilization will be around in the next 25 years.
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What I can say is that for may years jazz musicians had to go to Europe, for instance, to be respected and to be sort of treated not in a discriminatory way. I don't think there is anything controversial about me saying that. This is just a fact.
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Whatever it is, it is always an occasion when I come to L.A. because it's always another chance to confront the ogre.
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You had many jazz musicians who lived in the United States, who had a hard time being accepted over here and had to play in sort of these inferior type dives.
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