What is not in doubt is Wynton's brilliance on his horn. He straddles the classical repertoire easily and is generally thought to be the most technically accomplished player on his instrument, ever. And, for all his reputation, he comes across as a really very nice guy, in tonight's Marsalis on Music (7.30pm BBC2). This is the first of four programmes showing over the Easter weekend, in which Marsalis displays his charming and totally unpatronising brand of pedagoguery to students at the Tanglewood Music Center in Boston.
Tonight's class is called "Marsalis on Form", and on form he certainly is, whizzing through sonata, song and 12-bar blues structures with wacky but somehow appropriate models, like a story about catching a hamster in a shopping mall, or a wobbly model of a skyscraper. When TV tries to be instructive, it too often oversimplifies and renders the subject insufferably banal, or smothers it with flashy video techniques, leaving the viewer none the wiser. Marsalis on Music does none of these things - hallelujah.Reuse content