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Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 82: (Rerun) Branford Marsalis Gives Classical Music Jazz Hands

Same twelve notes. Different stories.



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Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis. Photo by Palma Kolansky. Courtesy of the artist’s website.

Our summer music festival series is over, and we are frankly a little sleepy now. So this week, while we nap, we are bringing you some old gold from the vault. It’s one of our faves, featuring Branford Marsalis. If you don’t love it, too, we will be both shocked and appalled.


Branford Marsalis‘ stark 2014 solo album In My Solitude includes jazz standards like “Stardust” next to C.P.E. Bach’s Sonata in A Minor for Oboe, Wq. 132. His jazz discography is peppered with classical releases. What’s that all about?! Where do jazz and classical intersect? How is playing one different from the other – or is it? Find out in this episode!

Audio production by Todd “The Twister” Hulslander with a firm handshake from Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio.

Music in this episode:

  • Lee Dorsey: “Working In The Coal Mine” (1966)
  • Murray Perahia & Radu Lupu: Mozart – Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos
  • Andrew Litton, Branford Marsalis & English Chamber Orchestra: “L’Isle Joyeuse” from Romances for Saxophone
  • Ferenc Erkel Chamber Orchestra & Jozsef Kiss: CPE Bach – Sonata in A Minor for Oboe Solo, Wq. 132: 1. Poco adgio
  • …and from Branford Marsalis’ In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral:
  • CPE Bach – Sonata in A Minor for Oboe Solo, Wq. 132: 1. Poco adgio
  • Hoagy Carmichael/ Mitchell Parish – “Stardust”
  • Ryo Noda – MAI, Op 7
  • Improvisation No.1