Publication: Maryland Gazette.Com
Author: Cody Calamaio
Date: January 18, 2012
After more than a decade of working together in a quartet, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his longtime piano player Joey Calderazzo are setting out on their own. The idea for a duo collaboration album was not born in the studio, but rather on a golf course.
As amateur golf buffs, Marsalis and Calderazzo often would play together in celebrity tournaments. Sometimes, the organizers would ask the pair to perform something, but Marsalis would beg off with the excuse that there was no acoustic piano on the course.
“One year they invited us and there was a damn piano,” Marsalis recalls.
Enjoying the music they made together on the green, Marsalis decided to just invite Calderazzo to play with him as a duo at the 2009 Newport Jazz Festival.
“At the end of that concert in August, I said, ‘Hey, I’m booking studio time,’” Marsalis says. Read more »