"...he was no American Mozart, but when he died he was our most important composer. And while he wrote no great music, I chose to believe that he would have written it."
"No one could have been more surprised than George Gershwin at the furor the "Rhapsody in Blue" caused in highbrow circles. He had dashed it off in three weeks as an experiment in a form that he only vaguely understood. In no sense had he deliberately set out to make an honest woman out of jazz."