He was a very private person, but then, you know, he belonged to the whole United States. The United States thought they owned Johnny Carson.
I still play jazz, and I`ve always got that trumpet very handy, but I`m coming to feel the classical venues are where my main focus is, in the realm of symphonic pops.
I don`t suppose I`ll ever get over it. I mean, the boss is gone. But he wouldn`t want anybody hanging any out, any black crepe for him.
My goodness, everyone is planting gr*pes, even a neighbor with only five acres.
Television is so influential that when an audience sees you day-in and day-out there`s a certain acceptance that sets in; you`re no longer a threatening personality. They become more willing to accept whatever you present.
Personally, I think young musicians need to learn to play more than one style. Jazz can only enhance the classical side, and classical can only enhance the jazz. I started out playing classical, because you have to have that as a foundation.
Now I`m having the time of my life being on the road with one of the world`s all-time great big bands, and performing with symphonies. I wouldn`t trade it for anything.