Author: Janelle Gelfand
Date: March 14, 2013
Yesterday, I sat down for a talk with saxophonist Branford Marsalis, who was backstage at Music Hall, getting ready to go to CCM to meet with students. He’s in a residency this week, and his activities include school visits and a performance in Friday’s “Classical Roots” concert in Music Hall. He was intellectual, thoughtful and pleasant as he talked.
Here are a few things that were on his mind:
Surprises about Cincinnati: Snow in mid-March was surprising and depressing. I watch enough baseball to know that in April, they’re out there freezing to death. It was 60 degrees when I left N. Carolina.
I was surprised when I first got here about what a prominent role the arts play. In so many cities, the arts are things they are trying to expunge and slash. We live in an era where there is no differentiation between arts and entertainment. To actually see a city that is focusing on the arts and making it a major role in the development of their children, it’s amazing.
The former Tonight Show bandleader’s return last month to the show: It was a homecoming. It’s been four or five years. In TV, five seconds is long. For me, I don’t gain anything by going back. People who stay up and watch TV at 12:30 a.m. don’t run out the next day and buy a CD. For me, it was a personal homecoming to see Jay and see friends, and I have a lot of friends. Read more »