Wynton Marsalis Masterclass

A nice piece on WM: he may not be my favourite trumpeter, but he does good work. I don’t know exactly why he gets a lot of stick – too traditionalist perhaps? He’s a very articulate, modest and compelling guy doing good stuff with a variety of people including of course Simon Rattle – now if that’s not validation enough, what is?

“Jazz music is a music of communication. It’s only about us listening to other people and trying to figure out what are they playing.”

“Am I better than Louis Armstrong? That’s not possible,” he said. “Could he do everything that I can do? No. But why would he want to do that, when he could do all the things he could?”