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 crwadmin on February 26th, 2010 — 01:00am

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

WHEN jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his friend Harry Connick Jr heard about the devastation of New Orleans in 2005, their reaction was heartfelt and practical. They organised the building of a Musicians’ Village.

We have a great love for New Orleans. Without the musicians in the city, it would have been impossible for us to achieve any success,” says Marsalis, speaking from his home in Durham, North Carolina. Read more »

Submitted by crwadmin on February 25th, 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

The metamorphosis of Branford Marsalis

When you hear a musician use his voice or instrument to convey an emotion, is the way it is expressed really authentic to the artist’s personality? Read more »

Submitted by crwadmin on February 19th, 2010 — 01:00am

Miguel Zenón @ Sixth and I

Like this nation of immigrants whose disparate cultures converge to create something new, jazz also constantly evolves, in part by the infusion of hitherto unrelated styles of music. Latin jazz is a prime example of this musical melting pot, beginning with Dizzy Gillespie’s seminal collaborations with percussionist Chano Pozo and trumpeter Mario Bauza in the 1940s. Read more »

Submitted by crwadmin on February 17th, 2010 — 01:00am