All That Jazz

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Branford Marsalis is what you might call a “been there, done that” kind of musician; one of the top jazz sax players of this generation, he’s also played with pop and classical, hip-hop, television talk, film scores and Olympic themes. His is a level of versatility rare in the music business today, and it is the business side of music that’s about to witness the force of Marsalis.

He’s cut his ties at Columbia, teamed up with the Grammy-award winning jazz writer Bob Blumenthal, and the two of them are launching a new jazz label. The problem, as they see it, is that the majors just aren’t listening to the new young talents, simply and cynically because re-issues of Charlie Parker sell better.


Branford Marsalis, musician, and Bob Blumenthal, jazz critic and writer