Branford Marsalis On Sensitive Musicians And The First Family Of Jazz

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, oldest son of New Orleans pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, released an album with his quartet this week. He spoke to weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz about the failings of modern jazz, his hopes for the next generation and leaving New York City to move back to the South. Click now to read more on NPR and to listen to the full story. 

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  1. Kathy Alexander Oliver

    Lovely to hear Branford’s comments about Jazz and many of his comments can be applied to art in general. I was immediately thrown back to NOCCA circa 1978, the year Branford (and I) graduated from this wonderful school -“highly recommended “. I love hearing about the an artist who thinks of the listener…who states how important it is to the enjoyment of the piece that the listener brings their life happenings to the experience. I remember a.similar conversation I had with his dad. Things come full circle. And a real artist always feels there is more growing to do. Funny about Branford not listening to his own records because he does not want to stand still. I can heard Frank Gross from the Visual Art Dept. cheering now.

    September 20, 2012 Reply

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