It's something that - jazz is one of the few things that you can go and listen to, I don't care where you're from, what you are, what background you come from - there's something there for you.
You know the drum was the first instrument besides the human voice.
Jazz has still not gotten to the point where it is totally, the most, the greatest thing is happening in music.
It doesn't have anything to do with yesterday or tomorrow, it's all right now.
The people in Japan know more about the history of jazz and the musicians than the people in the United States do.
Look, jazz has always had, because of its origins, that's the only reason. It's the only reason it's like that. Where it came from. It's not accepted.
Music. It's all creativity right here, right now.
The United States is a beautiful place, you know?
There's so much beautiful music in the world, and the kids are getting robbed.
It was always a learning process.
I enjoy seeing young people being interested in what they can do.
I think that people should learn about that. In most music, there's one way that you do something, and that's the only way. In jazz, it's a lot different.
If somebody would come and they're not playing music, they would encounter certain people on another level.
It brings people together. It brings the races together. It brings religions together.
Because the stuff that they feed kids now, they'll have a bunch of idiots in the next millennium as far as art and culture is concerned.