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Monday, January 19, 2009

Before the Music Dies

Branford Marsalis (b. 1960), is a American post-bop and new music composer, and saxophonist. He performs frequently as a soloist with classical ensembles, his own Branford Marsalis Quintet, and with his older brother Wynton Marsalis. Branford studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and played with Sting during the 1980s. He was the music director of television's Tonight Show from 1992 to 1994.

Branford's 2001 album Creation places an emphasis on "classical music" and he is in demand performing with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles worldwide. He is also active in music education.

The following YouTube clip comes from his documentary"Before the Music Dies." It is an enlightened and candid perspective on music education in America at the college level. Hear what he has to say...