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The Marsalis Family on NPR's First Listen

August 15, 2010

Today’s first family of jazz, the Marsalises, don’t often get together, at least on stage. But when the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C. (now the DC Jazz Festival), gave its 2009 lifetime achievement award to family father Ellis Marsalis — a great pianist and legendary educator — all four of his music-playing sons (Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason) joined him on stage. Ellis Marsalis III also recited an original poem for his father, frequent collaborators Herlin Riley and Eric Revis played, Dr. Billy Taylor joined in the fun, and family friend Harry Connick Jr. took a few guest spots, too.  Read the entire article and listen to the album here.

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Submitted by Fan on August 16th, 2010 — 01:44pm

Jazz's Marsalis conjures classical beauty

 

 

VAIL — The mere mention of Branford Marsalis’ name conjures the distinctive warmth of his jazz and blues sound.

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Submitted by Fan on August 6th, 2010 — 04:45pm

Marsalis Family To Release Live Album For Music Center

Author: News Release
Publication: Downbeat Magazine
Date: 06.24.2010

Combined generations of the Marsalis family will release their Music Redeems  (Marsalis Music) on Aug. 24. The CD is a recording of the family’s performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., last year when patriarch Ellis Marsalis received the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Proceeds from the disc’s sales will benefit the Ellis Marsalis Center For Music In New Orleans.
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2010 Fences Tony Nominee Marsalis Considers Writing Broadway Musical

Branford Marsalis, the three-time Grammy-winning saxophonist-composer, was surprised the morning of May 4 when he learned that he had received a Best Original Score Tony Award nomination for the music he composed for the current, critically acclaimed and Tony-nominated revival of August Wilson’s Fences. Read more »

Submitted by admin on May 20th, 2010 — 12:00am

Claudia Acuña Casts Her Flamenco Jazz Spell in Amsterdam

Claudia Acuña
Bimhuis
Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 3, 2010 Read more »

Submitted by admin on April 18th, 2010 — 12:00am

Branford Marsalis to Compose Music for Broadway Revival of Fences

Branford Marsalis, the Grammy-winning saxophonist, will compose music for the upcoming Broadway revival of Fences. Read more »

Submitted by admin on March 30th, 2010 — 12:00am

Review: Branford Marsalis Quartet at Hamer Hall in Melbourne

BRANFORD Marsalis named his most recent recording Metamorphosen to signal the continuing musical evolution of his celebrated quartet over the past decade. The band’s first line-up change came just as Metamorphosen was released in early 2009, with 18-year-old drummer Justin Faulkner replacing the legendary Jeff ”Tain” Watts. Read more »

Submitted by admin on March 18th, 2010 — 12:00am

SFJAZZ Collective forges independent spirit

Just keep fooling around,” bassist Matt Penman advised drummer Eric Harland, “and I’ll look at you when it feels right.” Penman paused for a beat. “Then don’t ever deviate from that,” he deadpanned. Read more »

Submitted by admin on February 26th, 2010 — 01:00am

Branford blowing from home: a heartfelt and practical reaction to the devastation of New Orleans

WHEN jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his friend Harry Connick Jr heard about the devastation of New Orleans in 2005, their reaction was heartfelt and practical. They organised the building of a Musicians’ Village.

We have a great love for New Orleans. Without the musicians in the city, it would have been impossible for us to achieve any success,” says Marsalis, speaking from his home in Durham, North Carolina. Read more »

Submitted by admin on February 25th, 2010 — 01:00am

Branford blowing from home: a heartfelt and practical reaction to the devastation of New Orleans

Date: 02.25.2010
Publication: The Courier Mail
Author: Suzanna Clarke

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Submitted by Ben on February 25th, 2010 — 01:00am