Music: Kid Zipper's High Horn

Wynton Marsalis swings easily from Monk to Mozart

Miles Davis may have heard it coming, or surely sensed it. Down in New Orleans in the mid-'60s, he was saying hello to a widely regarded jazz pianist, Ellis Marsalis, who was playing behind Al Hirt. Marsalis had a little boy of six named Wynton at home, and Wynton had an older brother named Branford, who was playing both clarinet and piano by the time he reached second grade. Feeling a few faint nudges of paternal concern that Wynton not fall behind in the musical Futurity Stakes,...

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