NOW, A JAZZ MOMENT...
MUSIC: Bourbon Street Parade
Wynton Marsalis: I never have been a person who had to be against their daddy, you know? I was always for my dad. Even to this moment, I'm always with my dad. I want to make him proud.
NEA JAZZ MASTER WYNTON MARSALIS HAS FOLLOWED IN HIS FATHER ELLIS'S FOOTSTEPS, NOT ONLY AS A JAZZ MUSICIAN, BUT AS A VERY DEDICATED JAZZ EDUCATOR. WYNTON FREELY ADMITS TO LIFTING A FEW THINGS FROM THE OLD MAN...
Wynton Marsalis: I had one series that was on TV, he said 'Man, I see you stealin all my stuff.' [LAUGHS] Yeah I took all his stuff. Yeah, I learned so much from my dad. Cause you couldn't rebel against him. I played in a funk band, he was like, Yeah, man, he came and played with the band and played hipper than what we was playin. He just wasn't the type of cat. 'You wanna go out, you got girlfriends? Great, man. You know, have a good time. You wanna do your thing? Hey...I wish I had some money to give you. You know, I still ask him what he think about somethin, 'Man, what you think about this and that?' 'Well, man, you need to think about this or you need to do that.' So all of us take stuff from him. We tease him and mess with him because he could be kind of serious so my daddy would be serious, but I'd always be joking and messing with him and clowning, tell him about all the wild stuff, you know. I try to entertain him, really.
MUSIC: up for punctuation, then fades under and out
THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH TRUMPETER AND BANDLEADER WYNTON MARSALIS ON HIS FATHER, PIANIST ELLIS MARSALIS, WAS CREATED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS. I'M CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE.
Wynton Marsalis on stealing his dad's teaching methods