07. november 2006

Someone who is in love with jazz is going to get annoyed when I’m called the greatest British jazz artist alive today, which is fair enough. People question whether I’m jazz at all, and I resolutely say I am, but I’m not pushing the boundaries in the usual way. I’m pushing the limits of the music in terms of how entertaining and accessible it can be without making lift-music. I’m trying to find out whether you can get 16-year-olds who listen to The Strokes and 20-year-olds who listen to house music to think, ‘Actually, this is cooler than I thought.’ I’m lucky enough to have my music pushed by a major label. So I’m able to bring jazz to a new audience.
(Independent, 2004)