Quincy Jones on Nadia Boulanger

Now, A Jazz Moment...

MUSIC: "Quintessence," CD: Quincy Jones's Finest Hour, Verve 069 490 667-2 (cut 7)

Quincy Jones: I went to Paris when Paris was on fire, you know. I mean, God, it was ridiculous...

In 1957, NEA Jazz Master Quincy Jones moved to Paris to study with world-renowned music professor Nadia Boulanger -- teacher to many of the most important composers and conductors of the 20 th century.

Quincy Jones: Nadia Boulanger used to tell me all the time, "Quincy, your music can never be more or less than you are as a human being." It's okay to play fast and all that other stuff, but unless you have a life experience, and have something to say that you've lived, you have nothing to contribute at all. So I decided to live my life, and I did.

MUSIC: up and fades

This moment with jazz impresario Quincy Jones was created by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Quincy Jones on Nadia Boulanger