Some Personal Thoughts

President Bill Clinton one of Gerry’s greatest admirers: “Gerry truly made a difference during his lifetime. He was a brilliant innovator in the world of jazz, advancing and expanding his craft and leaving a powerful legacy that musicians and jazz lovers will long admire and study. No one ever played that horn like he did, and no one ever will.”

– President Bill Clinton. Washington DC – January 25, 1996

“There are some words that have been lost from modern usage that I like to bring to my music and have striven all my life to do, beauty, grace, nobility, these are the things that music can bring to us as human beings and I think that it is well that we who make music keep that in our consciousness.”

– Gerry Mulligan. An Interview in Verona, Italy – March 26, 1990

 

“We tend to define people by what they do, and that’s an oversimplification because, how I would define myself is a human being and what I am really concerned with are human values, primarily.”

– Gerry Mulligan. An Interview in Verona, Italy – March 26, 1990

“I somewhere read a long time ago a description by one of the Greek philosophers who said I would like to be in the position of the gods. I would like to be in the position of the gods and sit up on top of a cloud and watch the people, then I would like to change the music of the people and watch the people change accordingly.”

“This in a way has happened because music has become a big industry grinding out product as they call it in great quantities, with no sense of responsibility to the time and place, or the audience that they are playing to.”

“This in a way is I think very important that we understand that freedom without responsibility produces ultimately chaos for the world. In other words, I am my brother’s keeper. I hasten to add that whereas I am my brother’s keeper it is not my place to tell my brother what to do. There is a lot of that going around now.”

– Gerry Mulligan. An Interview in Verona, Italy – March 26,  1990