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Close Enough for Jazz: Wynton Marsalis on the Colbert Report

Marsalis ColbertTrumpeter Wynton Marsalis made an appearance Monday night on The Colbert Report, trading verbal fours with the inimitable ex-presidential “candidate”. It’s always interesting to see how guests act on Colbert–whether they get the concept and play along (as most do, especially these days) or whether they end up cluelessly deadpan. Marsalis, I think, got it, but didn’t feel much like playing along for the first several minutes. Me, I’m still waiting for Colbert to invite John Zorn onto the program. In the meantime, here’s the Marsalis segment–check out the spirited duet rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that wraps things up:

Marsalis on Colbert

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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  • http://www.gamingwithchildren.com Michael Anderson

    I thought he worked it great with Colbert, wonderful humor and interplay.

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