We really turned it into a jazz work, ... We did a lot of playing with - and off - the orchestra. But we were watching the conductor the whole time. We weren't just out there. We worked everything out in advance. ... We're very pleased with the way it turned out.
To put on your suit and play jazz music, ... knowing that many people in your audience have never experienced any jazz whatsoever, you have to believe beyond the fear of rejection. But that fear is part of creating.
Swing ultimately tests the limits of your desire to work with another to create a mutual feeling, ... And that is what's required from the many citizens of this country. I'm talking about sustained engagement in the issues forced by Katrina.
The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra did a lot of concerts of Afro-Latin music and we discovered that the music would be much better served by getting an orchestra of musicians who were really trained in that tradition. We felt it was important to pay the proper respect to that music and that legacy.
[Jesse Jackson drove that point home with blunt-force trauma when he assessed the scene in New Orleans and declared that] it looks like Africans in the hull of a slave ship. ... we hear a lot of words, but we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see a lot of action.