Composer

That is what I did with Jack, and that's why he liked to do the readings with me because he knew I was there for him, and for our ability to blend the poetry and the music.

That by listening to some music, by reading some books, by looking at paintings, and most important by hanging out with one another - by collaborating with one another and creating your own network - you can achieve something that is much better than what is out there.

In symphonic music, when you are conducting, you do the same thing. You are feeling the whole orchestra, thinking ahead so you can prepare for a change.

In a jazz atmosphere, the audience members were so quiet and respectful of the musicians that you felt you were almost part of a meeting at a church or a temple, where everyone was completely in tune with the sermon and what the whole event was about.

Franz Kline, who became known for his black and white paintings, did a whole series of gorgeous landscapes and wonderful portraits that may still hang in Greenwich Village.

There are a lot of wonderful things created in our culture that have been ignored that can speak to them.

The atmosphere was wide open in those circles that we traveled in.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti had a tremendous education as an artist and also an enormous knowledge of literarture.

I wish to share and pass down some of my generation's traits, and encourage young people to create their own art, music, and literature.

I learned from my uncle that jazz, like symphony music, was built to last.

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