Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Marsalis: "Jazz music has never been popular."

Twenty-three years ago, saxophonist Branford Marsalis released his Columbia Records debut: Scenes in the City. The 46-year-old New Orleans native and the eldest son of the Marsalis jazz family has approached each of his following 23 discs with the same objectives as on the first: to make good music and to be authentic on every conceivable level. He is making some of the boldest music in jazz on such recent discs as Braggtown, Eternal and Footprints of Our Fathers. That those releases are on Marsalis Music, which he founded in 2002, is another sign of his evolution. We recently caught up with Marsalis and chatted via phone while he was at his home in Durham, N.C. The talk ranged from his band of the last nine years — pianist Joey Calderazzo, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, and bassist Eric Revis — to why he doesn't romanticize the stature of jazz.

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Charles L. Latimer is a freelancer who writes about jazz for Metro Times.

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