An Interview with Branford Marsalis

Nov 8, 2012

Acclaimed saxophonist Branford Marsalis will bring his quartet to the Holland Performing Arts Center on Friday evening, November 9th, at 8pm.

Branford Marsalis is a National Endowment for the Arts master, renowned three time Grammy Award®-winning saxophonist and a Tony Award® nominee composer. Instrumentalist, composer and bandleader, he is also the head of Marsalis Music, a record label founded in 2002.

Branford Marsalis has been active on the jazz scene for several decades,  creating a library of music that stimulates the listener on many levels. Getting his start working in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers,the saxophonist went on to record and perform with a "who's who" in jazz including Dizzy Gillespie & Miles Davis,  as well as pop superstar Sting.  On his latest effort,   Four MFs Playin’ Tunes, Branford Marsalis leads his quartet through 8 engaging numbers which vary from the stimulating "Teo" from the more subduded "Maestra". The band, led by Marsalis includes pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Justin Faulkner.

Jazz in the Afternoon host Chris Cooke recently caught up with Branford Marsalis via phone. In a wide ranging interview, Marsalis openly discusses his views on the approaches to creating jazz music, his new recording, his band's new drummer, and more.

Recording Engineer: Mike Hansen 

Recording Assistance: Katie Knapp Schubert

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