I would like to thank the National Endowment of the Arts for this honor. Boy, was I surprised. When Mr. Brown telephoned me, several times in our conversation I said, “Well… sir, are you thinking of Anthony Barton? Or maybe Anthony Jones?” I mean, for the last fifty years, my work has been viewed as not jazz, not black, not contemporary classical music, my work doesn’t swing… After awhile, I got used to that. I got used to those perspectives and accepted it. In the end, I just wanted to do my music. And suddenly, with the beautiful passage of time, there would be a change. And of course there would be a change because change is a natural part of progressionalism.