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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

'Q' busts Wynton's chps over hip-hop

QUINCY SAYS WYNTON IS A HIP HOP HATER: Trumpeter admits it's a genre 'for which I don't have much respect.'
October 7, 2008

Quincy Jones has been trying to get trumpeter Wynton Marsalis to incorporate the study of hip hop into Jazz at Lincoln Center, the program for which Marsalis is artistic director. But, it hasn't been an easy sell.

"Wynton doesn't want to hear any other kind of music," Jones told the New York Daily News' Rush & Malloy. "He won't let students play other kinds of music."

Jones went on to say that "no trumpeter in America wants to play like Wynton in his style. Every great trumpeter - Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, Miles - borrows from someone before him and adds his own thing. But nobody wants to play like Wynton. …Wynton knows how I feel."
Apparently not.

"We've never had that discussion," Marsalis told the columnists.

He admitted, "Hip hop is a form of music for which I don't have much respect. But I always recommend that my trumpet students play all kinds of music — funk, classical, all kinds of jazz. That's what my father taught me. He used to say, ‘Earn your prejudices. Don't be prejudiced against something you don't know about.'

"Before [Run DMC member] Jam Master Jay got killed, he and I were talking about having a deejay academy in my House of Swing. But it's incumbent on the hip-hop community to develop their own musical initiative. There's no need for a jazz person to be called upon to do it."

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