09. April 2010 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

I told the audience, I said, ‘this is an amazing moment for me because the man that all clarinetists have to say is their idol is sitting in the box up there, it’s Benny Goodman,’ And everybody went, ‘AH!’, you know. Everybody was looking up at Benny and clapping and I didn’t notice that the bottom part started falling off the clarinet, and started… they fell on the stage of Carnegie Hall, so I scrambled down on my hands and knees and grabbed them before they fell off the stage and put it back together sort of quickly – it worked, but I’ll never forget that moment when I was looking up at Benny’s box, and my clarinet was rolling across the stage of Carnegie Hall. Oy.

-Richard Stoltzman

I read it here, and you can hear an interview with Stoltzman there.

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