This week on Eric Krasno Plus One, Eric talks with world-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis. Marsalis is a one-of-a-kind musician with a profound understanding of his craft, and in this episode his connection with his art form is on full display. At an early age Marsalis’ talents were recognized by other musicians, and as a result he’s amassed a discography that extends far beyond his own name to include collaborations with fabled superstars such as Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Dizzy Gillespie, Sting, and the Grateful Dead.
Throughout the conversation, Marsalis’ pure and unmitigated approach to music is vividly apparent. When he shares earnest tales of his introduction to music in New Orleans as a child, it makes perfect sense that he was able to foster his elementary passion into an illustrious life of music. The evolution of Marsalis’ sound is fascinating, and he details the process of climbing to his peak in-full during this conversation.
In this episode Marsalis and Kraz dive deep on Marsalis’ upbringing in a musical family, his career as a jazz musician, lessons learned from playing with legends like Art Blakey, and much more. Kraz continues to deliver can’t-miss conversations, and this is one of the show’s most genuine and endearing interviews yet.
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