Henry Louis Gates Jr. reveals the family histories and ancestry of New Orleans-based jazz musicians and friends Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr.
It’s no mistake that we chose Preservation Hall as our interview site for Branford Marsalis. In the heart of French Quarter, the building was built in 1750. Since then, it’s been a private residence, a tavern, a photo studio and art gallery.
“Is jazz a black thing?” That seemed to be the animating question going into our interviews in New Orleans with musicians Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. tells Harry Connick, Jr. about his previously unknown fifth great grandfather, an infamous 18th-century American privateer.