Date: Jun 30th, 2007 · Tags: Jazz Quotes

It seems everybody wants an interview with Jazz legend and artistic director for Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis. Who can blame the different tabloids, having one of the living Jazz legends featured on their TV show or Magazine equals to major publicity. Because when Wynton Marsalis speaks everyone listens.


That’s why Aspen Magazine interviewed Wynton in their current summer issue of Aspen Magazine. ASPEN Magazine is a magazine with distinct personality. It provides an insider’s take on one of the world’s most famous resorts from physical recreation, skiing, cultural enrichment of world-class art, music, fashion, and cuisine. They give the inside scoop on everything that’s happening in Aspen before it actually happens!

Thanks to Meghan of Coburn Communication, here is a sneak-pick of the some great quotes that he gave during his interview with the magazine.

When asked whether the drummer controls the band – “The drummer of a band, in a jazz band, is the conductor. The band will follow the drummer. They’re not going to look up at somebody to find the beat; they listen to the drums. And also, jazz has more American objectives, you know? Like the combination of the country boy in the city. Like Mark Twain, William Faulkner, John Ford movies – all this kind of thing where the people’s ethnic origins diverge into one as an American conception. That’s what jazz is.”

When asked whether the term “jazz” being used in the mainstream has diluted the word in terms of recognizing what it really means – “I’m always happy to see the word “jazz” being out there. But the fact that we don’t have a proper educational infrastructure to teach jazz and swing dancing to masses of our people means that we just don’t really understand the power of the national art to transform the spirit and soul of the nation.”

When asked what other “reality” he could picture for himself – “I mean, I like to teach jazz to the kids. They got grass roots, you know? I guess my mama was a social worker, so I grew up with that. My mama worked with this thing called “extension,” where she would go into the projects and into the communities and teach people how to take care of their babies, cook healthy food, and all that.”

To check out the full interview with Wynton Marsalis in the summer issue of Aspen Magazine, on newsstands now