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By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

Our culture is what we did together. What did Walt Whitman represent for all of us? What was his message to us? That is an inheritance, and when we squander that inheritance we act outside. We don't know who we are; we don't know where we are.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

When I did the Abyssinian mass, I went through the whole history of the church music and the gospel music, even with the Anglo American hymns, the Afro American hymns, the spirituals and how it developed, up to Thomas Dorsey and the Dixie Hummingbirds, going through the history of the music, jazz musicians.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

We no longer want to be a melting pot, because we don't understand what is already melted.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

My father was a teacher, my mama was a community worker, I taught in so many schools. So when you get that experience of how to communicate with younger people, put that hand on them and give them that old-school feeling, the maturity and adult, a lot of our kids just need the feeling of that love, and that's the frame of reference that I teach from and that's the frame of reference that all of our musicians in the Jazz at Lincoln Center.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

We need more math classes, we need more science. It's the art of math and the art of science that creates all the innovation, and we have a tradition of great arts, great music.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

The blues. It runs through all American music. Somebody bending the note. The other is the two-beat groove. It's in New Orleans music, it's in jazz, it's in country music, it's in gospel.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

I feel that for years of teaching in the country and reading criticism in books, I feel like the things most needed in our culture are the understanding of the meanings of our music. We haven't done that good of job teaching our kids what our music means or how we developed our taste in music that reminds us and teaches us who we are.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

There's the tradition in jazz of having the “Battle of the Bands” and you do not want to get your head cut when you're playing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

This rebuilding of New Orleans gives us the perfect opportunity to see if we're ready to extend the legacy of Dr. King.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major responsibility of it is participation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

What I really have in my head, my imagination, my understanding of music, I never really get that out.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

My mother always took my brothers and me to music lessons. There were six children. Our parents attended our concerts and encouraged us to study and enjoy many different types of music.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

Sustained intensity equals ecstacy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

The musicians, Duke Ellington, his thing was not about separating himself from the rest of America. Louis Armstrong - go to the forefathers of our music - Jelly Roll Morton - they're not preaching a separatist agenda. They're not taking their music and saying, "This is for me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

I never minded giving my opinions. They are just opinions, and I had studied music and I had strong feelings. I was happy for my opinions to join all the other opinions. But you have to be prepared for what comes back, especially if you don't agree with the dominant mythology.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

You can reach a situation where things of intelligence and refinement and culture can be considered elite, and things that are crass and ignorant can be considered to be real and of the people. And when you begin to have the mass of populus striving for something that's not worth striving for, then tremendous amounts of energy go into...the maintenance of that which is worthless.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

I'm just lucky to have the type of friends and musicians and people dedicated to my music that I do.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

Maybe the preoccupation with technological progress has overshadowed our concern with human progress.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

The main three components are the blues, improvisation - which is some kind of element that people are trying to make it up - and swing, which means even though they're making up music, they're trying to make it up together. It feels great, like you're having a great conversation with somebody.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

I hope it might help players have confidence in our own ways, and not to be afraid of them, as Bernstein showed - things like hoe-downs, fiddle songs, and the art of improvisation, and the New Orleans funeral tradition, and call-and-response church singing, and the fact that the blues run through everything. And in our relationship to European music, in that we don't have to imitate it, it's a part of us, inseparable.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

What is deeper than respect and love? That’s what we felt: veneration.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

Music is the art of all the invisible things that are real. Art, emotion, spiritual essence, consciousness - these things are hard to prove. Music helps you to focus on your sound. We understand that for very young kids.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

There is an idea that a mind is wasted on the arts unless it makes you good in math or science. There is some evidence that the arts might help you in math and science.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

As you get older - for example, in our band we have members of our orchestra, like Carlos Enriquez and Ali Jackson and Walter Blanning. I taught them when they were in high school, and now they teach me.I'll regularly call Ali and say, "Man, can you break this rhythm down for me?" Or Carlos was actually our music director in Cuba, and he's been instrumental in a lot of my education, and I started to develop a saying with them, because they tease me all the time - you get older, you have that familiar relationship - I say, "You have to follow your young leadership, too.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

It's our job to just do as much as we can to enlighten the people about it and to represent it by playing it with some integrity. That's what I try to do.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

The black hole in democracy is integrity. The great unspoken is integrity. When integrity is not first and foremost, it's quite palpable but not visible. It's always there. Jazz highlights it because musicians and jazz always represented a high level of integrity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

I have absolutely no idea what my generation did to enrich our democracy. We dropped the ball. We entered a period of complacency and closed our eyes to the public corruption of our democracy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

We don't have the leadership or the understanding of the value of this, and when your political systems and your economic systems start to fail, it's only a cultural understanding that allows you to reconstruct them and to get back to who you are. For some reason, it hasn't dawned on us yet.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

The heart of a music is its rhythm. The heart of rhythm section music is the rhythm.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

Jazz is not the kind of music you are going to learn to play in three or four years or that you can just get because you have some talent for music.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

Only a few act - the rest of us reap the benefits of their risk.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

I travel up and down the country and I've been all around the middle of America for many years. Middle America is not one big mass of people with a proverbial beer in its hand, keeping the country down. That is not my experience of it and I don't labor under that misconception. And we have a long tradition of coming together through music in our country.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

For Black people, we're one of the only groups of people that for some reason to express love of yourself, in some ways, is misconstrued as a dislike for someone else.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

When those who are educated using their education to exploit those who aren't. That's what the sub-prime scandal represents - people of education using it at the expense of others. At Jazz at Lincoln Center, we have 22 educational programs. Not just the word but the substance of education is guided by the arts.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

I didn't want to get that ring around my lips from practicing the trumpet, because I thought the girls wouldn't like me. So I never practiced.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

It's like we're suffering from an identity crisis, and that identity is in our arts and the fact that we don't find it chief amongst our agendas to teach our kids who we are as a nation and the battles we've had on this ground and how they've been successfully resolved. We can't enjoy the fruits of the labor of our ancestors.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

I always read all these books about the slaves. My mother is very educated. My father would talk to us like we were grown men. We never knew what he was talking about half the time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

What takes its place is very dry education. And the tools that actually can teach you - singing and playing, learning how to participate with other people, spiritual richness - are replaced with a big emphasis on how to memorize things. That's such an incomplete education. Survival of the fittest used to mean being bigger and stronger.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

Flexibility is an essential part of Jazz. It's what gives Jazz music the ability to combine with all other types of music and not lose its identity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

Having heard Clifford Brown play all those fast runs, I used to really practice Clarke trumpet exercises all day long so that I could play fast. That's all I wanted to do. I was like a child with a toy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

Jazz celebrates older generations and not just the youth movement. When you "sell" only to people of a certain age, you get cut off from the main body of experience. The power of couple dancing and courtship, it's elegant, and you wouldn't realize America was once a nation of dancers and singers today. People of all races could dance and sing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

It's really not a stretch. The checks and balances are the same. The drums are the executive branch. The jazz orchestra is the legislative branch. Logic and reason are like jazz solos. The bass player is the judicial branch. One our greatest ever is Milt Hinton, and his nickname is "The Judge.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

Everything comes out in blues music: joy , pain , struggle . Blues is affirmation with absolute elegance.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

My schedule is always tight. But I like to have the pressure of having to finish doing something; it gives me an added edge.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

The bandstand is a sacred place.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

If you want to be different, do something different.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

The only justification for looking down on anyone is that you're going to stop and pick them up.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

Art is a luxury. It's not necessary for you to - you can work your job and you can make some money and never know who Walt Whitman was, and never read a poem.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

It's important to address young people in the reopening of New Orleans. In rebuilding, let's revisit the potential of American democracy and American glory.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wynton Marsalis

Whenever you face a man who's playing your instrument, there's a competition.