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Branford Marsalis On Sensitive Musicians And The First Family Of Jazz

The saxophonist also outlined the failings of modern jazz and his hopes for the next generation.

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Branford Marsalis And Joey Calderazzo: A 'Melancholy' Duo

Songs of Mirth and Melancholy takes cues from the brooding romantic music of 19th century Europe.

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The 2011 NEA Jazz Masters. Top row (L-R, from second left): Delfeayo Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Marsalis. Bottom row (L-R): Hubert Laws, Orrin Keepnews, Johnny Mandel, David Liebman. Also pictured are NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman (top row, left), NEA Director of Music and Opera Wayne Brown (top row, right), and Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Adrian Ellis (bottom row, right). Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center/NEA hide caption

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