Branford Marsalis

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis on Classical Music, the NEA Awards and Durham

Publication: WNYC Culture Desk
Author: Terrance McKnight, WQXR Host
Date: October 1, 2010

Renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis will reunite with trumpeter Terence Blanchard for a special performance at the Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m.

“It’s going to be modern jazz at a very high level,” says jazz critic Nate Chinen, who writes for The New York Times. “Both these bands are very assertive rhythmically and advanced harmonically. Plus, there’s a lot of driving force and energy.”

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Submitted by Ben on October 1st, 2010 — 02:43pm

Branford at 50

Publication: The Gig
Author: Nate Chinen
Date: August 26, 2010

You read that headline correctly: saxophonist Branford Marsalis was born half a century ago today. Some of us will want a minute to absorb that information. Take one if you need it.

Branford has a new album out this week with the Marsalis Family, which is naturally part of his claim to fame. That’s not what I want to talk about here, though. I’d like to talk about the specific achievements of Ellis’ eldest son: as a saxophonist, as a bandleader, and as a public figure besides. (Forgive me, folks, this may get a little personal.)

To view this blog entry in full, please click HERE!

Exclusive – Branford Marsalis: New Orleans remains in crisis

Publication: Larry King Live on CNN.com
Author: Branford Marsalis
Date: August 27, 2010

Editor’s Note: Be sure to watch Harry Connick Jr. on LKL tonight from Musicians Village in New Orleans.  Also, check out the Marsallis Family’s new album, “Music Redeems.”  It benefits the Ellis Marsallis Center for Music.

Five years after Hurricane Katrina struck and decimated my hometown, I am certainly buoyed by the rebuilding successes of a city reinforced with an invincible spirit and proud of the strides we have made through our partnership with New Orleans Habitat and through the contributions of individuals from around the world. I am fiercely disappointed, though, by the inconsistency of the attention paid to this disaster between these anniversaries and the lack of a sustained, long-term approach to the rebuilding our city.

New Orleans remains in crisis.
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Check your local listings!

As we approach the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, many are taking a moment to reflect on the trials and tribulations of the people of New Orleans and to speak of the challenges they have faced and the victories hard won, their courage and the commitment to a revitalized and renewed Crescent City.

Harry Connick, Jr., Branford Marsalis and Ellis Marsalis will add their voices as some of America’s finest journalists retell the tale and look forward to the future.   Check your local listings for the following programs’ coverage commemorating the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (from the Musicians’ Village):

* Larry King Live – airdate 8/27
#AC360 – airdate either 8/26 or 8/27
ABC Radio – airdate this weekend
E! News – airdate this weekend
*#MSNBC’s Tamron Hall – airdate 8/27
The Today Show – live in the a.m. on 8/27
*#NBC Nightly News w/ Brian Williams – airdate this weekend
Good Morning America – TBA

*Branford
#Ellis

We thank you all for your support these past 5 years.  We are so excited about what we have been able to accomplish with your help.

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Happy Birthday, Branford!

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear BRANFORD…happy birthday to YOU!

 

All of us at Marsalis Music wish Branford Marsalis a WONDERFUL birthday. Please feel free to leave Branford a birthday message on his Facebook page!

Submitted by Ben on August 26th, 2010 — 10:33am

Branford To Be Featured on CNN's "Impact Your World" Series!

We are thrilled to announce that Branford Marsalis will be featured on CNN’s Impact Your World series discussing his involvement with the New Orleans’ Musicians’ Village and the future Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. Tune in during the following times, or look for his segment online later this afternoon (Friday, August 20, 2010).

On CNN: Saturday 4 PM & 7 PM, Sunday 6 AM, Monday 7 AM, Tuesday 4 PM, Wednesday 2 PM, Thursday 11 AM, Friday 9 AM & 10 AM.

 

UPDATE: We are excited to announce that Branford’s segment on CNN’s “Impact Your World” series is now online for your viewing pleasure! Please CLICK HERE to watch the video. Thank you for the support.

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Submitted by Ben on August 20th, 2010 — 12:28pm

Music Redeems: It's impossible not to be charmed to pieces by this disc

Publication: The Buffalo News
Author: Jeff Simon
Date: August 8, 2010

The Marsalis Family, “Music Redeems” (Marsalis Music, on sale by Aug. 24). Irresistible. Consummate jazz show business recorded in concert at the Kennedy Center, from the opening salvo, family drummer Jason whistling, trading four-bar phrases with trumpet player Wynton and then merging with him on Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee” before family patriarch Ellis — arguably the greatest father in jazz history — takes the kind of solo a pianist has to take when he’s in the company of musicians as fine as his sons.
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Submitted by Ben on August 19th, 2010 — 09:58am

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

Here's what one fan had to say…Newport Jazz Festival 2009 review

Date: 08.11.2009
Publication: Fan Blog
Author: Ken Laster

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Submitted by Ben on August 11th, 2009 — 12:00am

The real heavy-metal moment belonged to the NCCU Big Band on the Marsalis Music Stage at Newport…

Date: 08.09.2009
Publication: The Providence Journal
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