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Notable Quotable: Danilo Perez on Jazz

"Jazz is indescribable. It's not a genre, it's not a style. It's the language of the spirit. It's a behavior. Jazz equals courage and creativity. Jazz is the creative process, it's a human necessity for discovering. The greatest tool to end racism has been jazz. Blacks and whites have been playing this music together for years in a harmonious way. Meanwhile, the political advances and the philosophy still [lag] behind; racism is still an issue. If we could apply the platform that jazz provides to work through disagreements, we would be in a better position." Danilo Perez

You can read the entire Art Talk with Danilo Perez here. Want to hear more about jazz? Check out our interview with newly minted Guggenheim Fellow Vijay Iyer.

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