Good Run-In @ Southpoint...
I saw Branford Marsalis at Southpoint Mall today. He was on the cell phone coming down the escalator, and I yelled "Are your people all right down there (New Orleans)." He looked at me in a sly way. Said "Yeah...Damn...Yeah, everybody's all right. Everybody's good...I'm going down there (New Orleans) in the next few days to check to see what's going on."
I then told him that I saw his brother Wynton on Charlie Rose last night talking about what has to be done in New Orleans, New Orleans culture, the people, how the media portrays people working together, and the flood. He said "Really, I missed it, but I'm talking to him in a bit. He was cool?...That's good."
Then, I gave him the geeked-out statements... 'You're a big influence...' And I'm a big fan'...But I least twisted it with the explanation that the reason why I'm into jazz is due to his appearances on Roy Firestone's UpClose.
With that said, I've now added another reason why I think Branford is so 'down'. And it's not just because he jams with the Dead. What's really cool about him is...
He was wearing a UNC National Champs shirt.
'Without a Net',