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Baritone Saxophonist Jason Marshall on Making of "New Beginnings"

 Baritone Saxophonist Jason Marshall
Joel Caldwell
Jason Marshall
Baritone Saxophonist Jason Marshall

Jason Marshall is a baritone saxophonist who carries forward the tradition of big-toned, hard driving and soulful players epitomized by Leo Parker and Ronnie Cuber. He’s worked with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Roy Hargrove and the Mingus Big Band in addition to lading multiple projects of his own. His latest album, New Beginnings, is a quartet date on the Cellar Music label that features Marc Cary on piano, Gerald Cannon on bass and Willie Jones III on drums.

In this segment, Marshall discusses his musical education, including the opportunities he found growing up in Silver Springs, Maryland and the opportunities he created for himself by cold-calling New York jazz heavyweights. He talks about what it was like to make an album at Van Gelder studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, where countless classic recording sessions by Miles Davis, John Coltrane and others took place. Finally, there’s a discussion of what it was like to work with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, the producer of the session.

Peter Solomon is WESM's Music Director and host of Morning Jazz Unlimited, weekdays from 9 am to noon on WESM. He joined Delmarva Public Media in August 2021 after 22 years as a jazz host for an NPR affiliate in Richmond, Virginia.