This is actually Part 3 of a series looking at the cross fertilization of jazz and classical (aka ‘serious’) music, featuring Al Baggs—a Peterborough saxophonist and lover of jazz and classical music.
This episode explores how each or those two genres can be enhanced by knowledge of the other, as well as at least one instance where trying to combine both ends up detracting from each.
There is a lot of focus on ‘third stream music’, which brings jazz and classical together. How does Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Gunther Schuller, Jim Hall, John Lewis, Victor Davies, and even Dvorak fit into that category?
And for those of you listening from my new home town of Victoria, B.C., you’ll hear a Victoria saxophonist and an incredible local big band playing what one might see as an illustration of that jazz-classical cross pollination.