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Let's Celebrate 2011 NEA Jazz Master Johnny Mandel!

Washington, DC

Johnny Mandel. Photo by Carol Friedman

"And what it comes down to is, learning how to write---in big band or anything like that---is a process of screwing up. You know, your first arrangements always sound horrible, but if you find something that sounded good then you say, well, if that sounded good why did it sound good?...and it’s that kind of a thing." ---NEA Jazz Master Johnny Mandel

Want to hear more from (and about) composer, arranger, trumpeter, and trombonist Johnny Mandel? Tune in to our newly released Jazz Master Moments.

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