The United States is a beautiful place, you know?
I might have played a little bit more in Europe than I have in Japan.
The people in Japan know more about the history of jazz and the musicians than the people in the United States do.
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.
Jazz needs the help. It's the more sophisticated music. All the other music is on the TV, but jazz isn't.
It doesn't have anything to do with yesterday or tomorrow, it's all right now.
If somebody would come and they're not playing music, they would encounter certain people on another level.
Music. It's all creativity right here, right now.
You know the drum was the first instrument besides the human voice.
There's so much beautiful music in the world, and the kids are getting robbed.
The French - they like jazz, theyve been on jazz a long time.
But anything that you hear about Japan is nothing like what you see when you actually go over there and see it, you know, in a real situation.
I enjoy seeing young people being interested in what they can do.
The Japanese actually approach the music on a high level. It's always been on a high level.
If I couldn't do it, then I'd be defeated. I've got the tools to do it. I never did question my tools.
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.
Theres so much beautiful music in the world, and the kids are getting robbed.