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A sprinkling of teenagers may be attracted to jazz. Many pop artists, using jazz arrangers, have indoctrinated them, almost unconsciously, to hearing a sound.
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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.
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As long as we're in a democracy, I have to give what I think the majority of people will enjoy.
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Ella can work nightclubs that Duke might not be able to work, because of having the big band. Where they go now is strictly a matter of their own names and talents.
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Ellington is a writer and arranger, as well as a musician and leader. He does movie sound tracks.
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Fats Navarro made a tour with me. And Monk made a tour with me in 1945, before people ever heard of him. There were a lot of people that I was in a position to display.
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For years, Jazz At The Philharmonic albums were the only ones of their kind.
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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.
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I allowed artists to play for as long as they felt they could justifiably continue to create.
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I don't know who's 18 years old today that, 20 years hence, is going to be a jazz fan.
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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.
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I don't think I will ever do any tours again in the United States. I rather think that that's over with.
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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.
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I don't want to sound as if I'm doing something tremendously special. But I am a jazz fan.
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I find myself more at peace when I live in Europe.
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I had people come to my jazz concerts in 1946, who were then 18. Now they're 38, but they still stick with my shows.
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I made it easier for many artists to play in certain areas.
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I never did know how people defined jazz as being or not being a big-selling item. I don't think it's a growing item.
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I still continue to do at least four concert tours a year, and in many cases, as many as six.
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I still manage Ella and Duke Ellington and Oscar Peterson. I still give concerts.
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I still travel a great deal. I go to the States, not for too long periods, but I make frequent trips because of my management problems with Ella.
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I'm concerned with trend. I don't know where jazz fans will come from 20 years from now.
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I'm not going to put down other artists. I think that's a form of bigotry. It's a matter of doing what I want to hear.
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I'm talking as a professional impresario. I'm not judging anybody at all.
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If I were to put on Barbra Streisand and Duke Ellington, one might say the combination isn't good.
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If you look at my audiences, even in Europe, they're hardly teenagers.
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In 1958, I decided that I was going to live in Europe permanently. So in 1959 I moved to Lugano, Switzerland.
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Jazz was uplifted by what I did.
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Many movie people, who would never have dreamt of using jazz arrangers for scores, are doing it frequently now, even though they water them down.
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My function at Verve was that of a genuine producer in artists and repertoire.
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My juices needed restoring. I needed a sabbatical from the record business.
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Of the newer people I would like to display to the public, I find it almost impossible to get them to agree to the jam session form.
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Sponsors and networks will really go all out and simply evaluate people on the basis of talent.
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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.
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The history of all big jazz bands shows was, first they played for dancing, and then they played for singing.
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The new, younger artists today are too insecure to be willing to face that kind of musical competition afforded by the jam session.
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The public, hearing pop music, is, without knowing it, also soaking up jazz.
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The record companies are interested in the kind of sales they can get from the rock groups.
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There are many artists that I present that I admit I like less than I do others. But I think that they warrant being presented by my own, personal standards.
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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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To play today in London, next week in Madrid and the week after that in Warsaw is a bit better than playing Newark and Baltimore and Philadelphia. I've been doing that for 20 years.
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Today it's rare to find a major artist that would be willing to break up his own group. They need the musical security their own groups give them.
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When I was doing jazz concerts in America, I would use the biggest names I could find.
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You can't have a finale that runs one hour. So you give each man 40 minutes or so, and you say: Let's do a jam session at the end with the leaders.
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You will always find a few people in any area that would like things done completely their way.
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