Jazz and the Brandenburg Concertos

This is the 300th anniversary (2019) of Bach beginning to write the Brandenburg Concertos, a task he would finish two years later.  He was also writing the Well-Tempered Clavier during this time, and a number of other important works.  These “Cothen Period” works have had a significant influence on jazz and jazz musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Oscar Peterson, Christian McBride, Sones de Mexico Chicago, Dave Brubeck, Kenny Barron, Abdullah Ibrahim, Uri Caine, MArk Helias, Fred Hersch, Charlie Parker, Tiempo Libre, Bud Powell, Bobby McFerrin, John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Keith Jarrett, Regina Carter,  Ron Carter, Karl Richter; the Punch Brothers, Hubert Laws, Mike Metheny.  Swingle Singers,  Wendy Carlos,  The Bossa Nova Brandenbenburg 300 Project; David Matthews and the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, the Classical Jazz Quartet (Kenny Barron (Piano), Ron Carter (Bass), Stefon Harris (Vibes & Marimba)), Lewis Nash (Drums)); Bobby McFerrin; Dave Brubeck, Sones de Mexico Ensemble Chicago, Tiempo Libre, The Nice, Jacques Loussier, Brandenburg 300 project, Benny Golson’s New York Orchestra (Art Farmer, Mulgrew Miller).


Several major jazz musicians volunteered to be interviewed for this class.  Excerpts and other material are on the sub-pages.


We’ll listen, compare, and tell some stories.