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Morgenstern - Interviews: NEA Jazz Masters

Jazz Masters
NEA Jazz Masters


Interview by Molly Murphy with Katja von Schuttenbach
October 25, 2006

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provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

"I'm still somewhat overwhelmed at having been shown this great honor, but of course proud and delighted, especially so since this is in recognition of Jazz Advocacy. Like everyone who writes about jazz, which still is one of the things I do, I’ve been called a critic, but never really liked that term; I much prefer advocate. It’s a blessing to have been able to make a living and a life involved with something one loves, and the music has never lost its magic; I first got involved as a fan and I still am, of the music, of the wonderful artists who create it, (and so many of whom I’ve been lucky to get to know), and of the precious legacy that I’ve been privileged to help collect, preserve, and share. Jazz brings people together; it’s America’s gift to the world.”  - Dan Morgenstern

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Dan Morgenstern on Louis Armstrong - transcript
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Dan Morgenstern on Billie Holiday - transcript
Dan Morgenstern on Symphony Sid -transcript