"The violophone will soon rival the saxaphone in popularity," said Paul Whiteman in an interview with a CRIMSON reporter yesterday afternoon in his dressing room at the Metropolitan Theatre. "It is the most sensational instrument that has been invented in many years. I ran across one last summer while I was touring in Germany, and it immediately impressed me as being a remarkable find. Briefly in consists of a violin with a horn-like arrangement on it to improve the tone.
"It is still played with the usual bow, but its qualities in both lyrical tone and resonance are far better adapted to jazz than those of the violin. I have ordered six which ought to be here in a few days, and I have no doubt that in a year or so this instrument will be an essential part of every jazz orchestra in the country.
Saxophones Flood Colleges
"We have just heard from the company which supplies us with our instruments, that their business has increased to such an extent among the colleges that they are at present more than 10,000 saxaphone orders behind.
"College boys are old hands at the game and are the future leaders of jazz Why, I have twelve of them myself and they are some of the best jazz players I have.
"What will happen to jazz one hundred years from now?", he resumed in answer to a query. "Who Knows? It depends entirely on the public. It will never take the form of opera, for that is an art of the past. The only reason a man takes his wife to the opera is to give her a chance to show off her jewels and clothes."