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Musical Family Dynasties!

A look at the talented families of J.S. Bach and Ellis Marsalis
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Tom Fenton

on 18 September 2013

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Transcript of Musical Family Dynasties!

TWO FAMILIES
Marsalis
Bach
TWO DYNASTIES
"Papa"
Johann Sebastian Bach
He came from a long line of musicians.
They were so successful and numerous that in Erfurt, Germany, musicians were all referred to as "bachs."
Worked most of his life as an
More famous in his day for his organ playing and improvising skills than for composing.
Wrote more than
1,000 pieces of music ...
... that we know of!
1685-1750
Not well known for playing rock guitar . .
Wilhelm Friederich Bach
Carl Philip Emanuel Bach
Johann Cristoph Friedrich Bach
Johann Christian Bach
1710-1784
1714-1788
1732-1795
1735-1782
for churches and royal courts.
organist
and composer
Bach had 20 children!
Only 10 of them survived to adulthood! Four of those went on to distinguished careers as musicians and composers.
W. F. Bach and C. P. E. Bach were more famous in their lifetimes than their father was.
Ellis Marsalis
born 1934
pianist
composer
teacher
has 6 sons; 4 of them have gone on to international fame as musicans
Branford Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
Delfeayo Marsalis
Jason Marsalis
born 1960
born 1961
born 1965
born 1977
plays sax
Grammy award winner
toured with Sting
plays trumpet
has won 8 Grammies
plays jazz and classical music
plays trombone
produces albums
has played with Ray Charles and Fats Domino
drummer
played with Marcus Roberts Trio and others
critically acclaimed solo albums
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