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.
Is musical talent tied to genetics? Branford Marsalis discusses his relative, Wellman Braud, a pioneering jazz bassist who played with jazz greats like Duke Ellington, and was one of the first musicians to employ the walking bassline.