Was that because they were doing for themselves, a self-focus?
I believe so. I also believe there were so many
great musicians, young cats that came up at
one point, and every man for themselves. And
New York presents you with that: every man,
almost, is for himself here. I think they
failed — the ones that helped and could have
helped — they failed the younger community
of musicians as far as showing them how to be
musicians, how to be grateful and thankful
and how to teach. And New York, as a whole,
turned into a college town.
And we see the expansion, still, of NYU and
Oh yeah! You can come here and learn
how to pot plants: you can get a degree in
anything! This is a good thing, but what it
does to the music community and the larger
arts community — you need a community of
working professionals and also a community
of students, studying the professionals. When
the community does not hire and keep the
professionals, the students that are coming
here from all over the world to be inspired
and to learn, they have no inspiration. They
have no one to see, no one to watch. There
are household names here in New York that
will sell out any place they play but they have
not worked in New York for a very long time.
So the students here are now the profession-
als — as they are the students — and that’s not
inspiring at all, at least not to me.
You can’t be the student and the master
You cannot be the student and the master. You
can be the student and the professional. New
IF YOU LISTEN
TO THE TRUTH
AND OBEY THE
BE THERE. THE
SET YOU FREE.
Good shoes take you
Davell Crawford plays
Prospect Park, Brooklyn.