Great Branford Marsalis Interview

Here’s a great Branford Marsalis interview that I just watched on SOTW (Sax on the Web).  I thought this interviewer did a great job!   A lot of what he said about classical music as compared to jazz really it home with me.   In college, I was so stressed to play a classical piece,  it had to be perfect and adhere to the composers wishes.  I was so much more relaxed playing jazz and just winging it!  I’m the same way today about public speaking.  I am more comfortable having a general idea of what I want to talk about and then winging it then trying to speak from a script or even notes.  When I do the latter, it is so much more stressful and awkward.   When I wing it things usually go pretty well………probably because there is some improvisation involved…………Hope you enjoy the interview.       Steve

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 30 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site


  1. Yes, great interview. The interviewer is Jian Ghomeshi who hosts a show called ‘Q’. He also did a great interview with Sonny Rollins. Check it out:


  2. Thanks John, I’ll check out the Sonny interview. Steve

  3. Hey Steve – this is great – love Branford, and his perspectives are spot on. Thanks!

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