Friday, October 14, 2005

Katrina: Branford and Harry on Fresh Air

The Katrina Hurricane has brought new attention to the music of New Orleans and Jazz in general. I am hearing more these days about Louis Armstrong and Dr. John. On Wednesday, I listened to this great interview with Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Listen to it here.

They explore their musical history and childhood friendship, exactly the stuff I like to hear.

Fresh Air from WHYY, October 12, 2005 ยท Musicians Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis, two New Orleans natives, have been friends for years -- back to the days when Connick took piano lessons from Marsalis' father, Ellis.

And when their hometown was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Marsalis and Connick sought to help any way they could. Marsalis' brother Wynton organized a benefit concert in New York. And Branford's label, Marsalis Music, is releasing a benefit CD, Celebration of New Orleans Music to Benefit the Musicares Hurricane Relief.


Blogger steakboy said...

howdy stuart,

searched on "jazz," and stumbled into your blog (i'm an amateur saxophonist and lifelong jazz fan in s.f.).

i'll for sure be back -- i'm always interested to see what people say about music (particularly jazz) in their blogs.

i like branford marsalis very much--harry connick's stuff, while largely commercial, has a measure of charm; and there's little denying his having paid dues to the point where's he's a fine player. i'munderstanding that this recent collaboration between the two of them is excellent.

best regards, steakboy

11:45 AM, October 14, 2005  

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