Jazz review: Branford Marsalis and a night at the opera

Charlie Parker’s favourite composer was Igor Stravinsky and there has always been some cross-pollination between the worlds of jazz and classical music.

Some of our great jazz players have gone all the way, performing and recording classical works. Wynton Marsalis led the charge with his best-selling Haydn trumpet concerto, followed closely by his older brother Branford. Keith Jarrett has been steadily working his way through the Bach and Handel keyboard catelogues and several prominent classical pianists have at least one “jazz project” in their discographies. Read more »

Submitted by admin on March 24th, 2010 — 12:00am

The Branford Marsalis Quartet are skillful technicians, but more than that, they project distinct personalities.

Branford Marsalis Quartet
Michael Fowler Centre, March 20

Branford Marsalis means serious jazz, right?

Well, I certainly expected the gig to have a serious tone, but it was more about joyful interaction between four musicians who love playing together letting the audience in on the fun. Read more »

Submitted by admin on March 20th, 2010 — 12:00am

Review: Branford Marsalis Quartet at Hamer Hall in Melbourne

BRANFORD Marsalis named his most recent recording Metamorphosen to signal the continuing musical evolution of his celebrated quartet over the past decade. The band’s first line-up change came just as Metamorphosen was released in early 2009, with 18-year-old drummer Justin Faulkner replacing the legendary Jeff ”Tain” Watts. Read more »

Submitted by admin on March 18th, 2010 — 12:00am

SFJAZZ Collective forges independent spirit

Just keep fooling around,” bassist Matt Penman advised drummer Eric Harland, “and I’ll look at you when it feels right.” Penman paused for a beat. “Then don’t ever deviate from that,” he deadpanned. Read more »

Submitted by admin on February 26th, 2010 — 01:00am

Branford blowing from home: a heartfelt and practical reaction to the devastation of New Orleans

Date: 02.25.2010
Publication: The Courier Mail
Author: Suzanna Clarke

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Submitted by Ben on February 25th, 2010 — 01:00am