"...remarkable authenticity... truly fascinating to hear in person... one-of-a-kind...
diligently exploring the heritage of the big-band."
The White House
June 17, 1996
Thank you for writing to Ann Stock to recommend Doc Cheatham and
Benny Waters for the National Medal of the Arts. They can be very proud to have earned such generous words of praise.
Although the National Council on the Arts has already compiled
this year's recommendations for my review, I have forwarded your recommendation to them for future consideration.
Thank you for taking the time to write.
"These guys shouldn't be forgotten because if they hadn't scuffled Jazz wouldn't be known today. It
hurts me to see guys, fine musicians, walking the streets or working as porters in men's rooms. And these kids... I
overheard one of them listening to Henry 'Red' Allen a little while ago and saying 'Man, why doesnt that cat give up?'
Seems to me they want us to die out... It shouldn't be."
Louis Metcalf, 1969
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