My podcast debut
November 16, 2007
I met Juilliard-trained jazz trombonist Marshall Gilkes a few months ago, and recently caught up with him on his follow-up record to 2004’s Edenderry. He’s been recording the album this month.
Gilkes doesn’t put out his records through a label, but his last indie effort gathered some impressive reviews in publications that know what they’re talking about:
“Trombonists built for the speed, jumps and tight turns of bebop don’t seem to be falling out of trees these days (if they ever did), so it’s really refreshing to come across a player like Gilkes,” Aaron Steinberg of Jazz Times wrote in a 2006 review.
“Edenderry reveals yet another young trombonist who knows how to create sweet music from the unique instrument,” wrote All About Jazz’s Mark F. Turner.
Although Gilkes has played corporate functions and Broadway shows (he performs with a steady group of musicians he says he has “a great time playing with”) , he is also one of the few young players who spends most of his time performing jazz. He travels and records frequently with big names like Edmar Castaneda and Maria Schneider, and performs with David Berger and the Sultans of Swing every Tuesday at Birdland. He is also expanding his Juilliard BFA into a Master’s degree.
Below is a podcast of my interview with Gilkes–he let me in on his musical influences, the psychological process of marketing one’s album, and his opinion on the role of jazz music. Try not to mind the slightly crackly sound; I stumbled into a microphone issue.
The background music here is Puddle Jumping, written and performed by Gilkes.