Frank Wess on connecting with the audience

Now, a Jazz Moment...

MUSIC: "Surprise, Surprise" CD: Surprise, Surprise, Chiaruscuro CR(D) 350 (disc 2, cut 5)

NEA Jazz Master Frank Wess believes that a successful performance has everything to do with how you communicate with your audience.

Frank Wess:   I think you can play anything you wanna as long as you take the audience along with you, you know.   You can't run off and leave them, you know.   A lot of times you hear people playing.   And when they end up, they're right where they started, you know <laughs>.   They haven't gone anywhere, you know.   It's like gambling.   You quit while you're winning. You don't wait till you lose all your marbles and then go home broke, you know.  

MUSIC: up and fades under

This Jazz Moment with saxophonist Frank Wess was created by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Frank Wess on connecting with the audience