As far as my music career goes, people are always asking me: Do you have any big projects left that you want to do that you may get around to soon? I don’t think so. I think I’ve actually managed to do all the things that I set out to do, and now I feel this responsibility to maintaining the level of the body of work that I’ve created and maintaining the level and integrity of the music I play and the people I play with, and so on, that it’s my job to keep this going as long as I’m still capable of doing so. That’s what I feel like is my mission at this point.
I read that you’ll be teaching a masterclass when you’re here at UConn.
I’m doing two. One is a Q&A with a bunch of students and the other is a masterclass that happens in the afternoon. I don’t do a lot of teaching these days other than my online course that I have. But standing up in a classroom and teaching at this kind of workshop level is something I do only a few times a year. It’s always fun to do it.
The New Gary Burton Quartet
Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., $40-$60, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Road, Unit 3104, Storrs, (860) 486-4226, jorgensen.uconn.edu