Branford Marsalis

Branford’s Contributions

March 2008    Farewells

Alvin Batiste (11.7.32 – 5.6.07)

Like many of the guys from his generation, Alvin played everything but was classically trained, so all of his music was informed by that classical training. When Larry Combs, the retiring principal clarinetist in the Chicago Symphony, was in New Orleans...

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March 2006    Farewells

Lucky Thompson

Lucky Thompson was the bridge between swing and bebop. Lucky, Dexter Gordon and Don Byas were among the ones who showed up in New York at the time when the transition had to be made. Lucky had the brains, which was why Bird and others included him on their...

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Branford Marsalis joined the JazzTimes community on Dec 15, 2009