“There’s so much wrong with so much that’s going on in our politics, not just directed at him. We’re swinging back and forth like a ship listing in the ocean. Your national budget is symbolic. You’re basically telling the world, ‘This is what we as a nation think about our arts,’ which is our collective memory, our wisdom.Marsalis, the managing director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, was appearing with New Orleans jazz legend-in-the-making Jon Batiste in support of their collaboration The Music of John Lewis. Read more of their conversation here.
“There’s a reality to things: When we tell people our arts are not important, our wisdom is not important, we’re preparing our public to be more ignorant so that we can exploit them more."