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.
As long as we're in a democracy, I have to give what I think the majority of people will enjoy.
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.
Sponsors and networks will really go all out and simply evaluate people on the basis of talent.
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.
You will always find a few people in any area that would like things done completely their way.
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.
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.
My juices needed restoring. I needed a sabbatical from the record business.
The history of all big jazz bands shows was, first they played for dancing, and then they played for singing.
The public, hearing pop music, is, without knowing it, also soaking up jazz.
I find myself more at peace when I live in Europe.
Ellington is a writer and arranger, as well as a musician and leader. He does movie sound tracks.
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.
I don't want to sound as if I'm doing something tremendously special. But I am a jazz fan.