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Born: 1918-08-06
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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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.

Tags: Enough, Sense, Successful

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.

Tags: Big, Matter, Work

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.

Tags: Country, Interested, Television

I don't say that the supposed Civil Rights development is a myth, but it's a matter of dealing with reality. It's purely peripheral and, in many cases, it's just a facade.

Tags: Matter, Reality, Rights

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.

Tags: Fashion, Today, Used

There are many artists that I present that I admit I like less than I do others. But I think that they warrant being presented by my own, personal standards.

Tags: Less, Others, Personal

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.

Tags: Money, Together, Work

To play today in London, next week in Madrid and the week after that in Warsaw is a bit better than playing Newark and Baltimore and Philadelphia. I've been doing that for 20 years.

Tags: After, Playing, Today

As long as we're in a democracy, I have to give what I think the majority of people will enjoy.

Tags: Democracy, Enjoy, Give

Ellington is a writer and arranger, as well as a musician and leader. He does movie sound tracks.

Tags: Leader, Movie, Writer

For years, Jazz At The Philharmonic albums were the only ones of their kind.

Tags: Albums, Jazz

I allowed artists to play for as long as they felt they could justifiably continue to create.

Tags: Artists, Create, Felt

I don't know who's 18 years old today that, 20 years hence, is going to be a jazz fan.

Tags: Jazz, Old, Today

I don't think I will ever do any tours again in the United States. I rather think that that's over with.

Tags: Again, Rather, United

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.

Tags: Apart, Art, Jazz

I don't want to sound as if I'm doing something tremendously special. But I am a jazz fan.

Tags: Jazz, Sound, Special

I find myself more at peace when I live in Europe.

Tags: Europe, Peace

I made it easier for many artists to play in certain areas.

Tags: Areas, Artists, Easier

I still continue to do at least four concert tours a year, and in many cases, as many as six.

Tags: Continue, Four, Year

I'm concerned with trend. I don't know where jazz fans will come from 20 years from now.

Tags: Concerned, Fans, Jazz

I'm talking as a professional impresario. I'm not judging anybody at all.

Tags: Anybody, Judging, Talking

If I were to put on Barbra Streisand and Duke Ellington, one might say the combination isn't good.

Tags: Good, Might, Put

If you look at my audiences, even in Europe, they're hardly teenagers.

Tags: Audiences, Europe, Teenagers

In 1958, I decided that I was going to live in Europe permanently. So in 1959 I moved to Lugano, Switzerland.

Tags: Decided, Europe, Moved

Jazz was uplifted by what I did.

Tags: Jazz

My function at Verve was that of a genuine producer in artists and repertoire.

Tags: Artists, Function, Genuine
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My juices needed restoring. I needed a sabbatical from the record business.

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Sponsors and networks will really go all out and simply evaluate people on the basis of talent.

Tags: Evaluate, Simply, Talent

The history of all big jazz bands shows was, first they played for dancing, and then they played for singing.

Tags: Big, History, Singing

The public, hearing pop music, is, without knowing it, also soaking up jazz.

Tags: Knowing, Music, Public

The record companies are interested in the kind of sales they can get from the rock groups.

Tags: Groups, Interested, Rock

When I was doing jazz concerts in America, I would use the biggest names I could find.

Tags: America, Biggest, Jazz

You will always find a few people in any area that would like things done completely their way.

Tags: Area, Done, Few
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