Branford Marsalis

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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 — 09:33am

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 — 11:28am

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 — 08:58am

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 — 12:00am

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 10th, 2009 — 11:00pm

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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Jazzy day in Newport, by George

Date: 08.09.2009
Publication: Boston Herald.com
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Submitted by Ben on August 8th, 2009 — 11:00pm

Wein trumpets mix of old and new at Newport jazz fest

Date: 08.05.2009
Publication: Boston Herald
Author: Bob Young

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Submitted by Ben on August 4th, 2009 — 11:00pm

Branford Marsalis' high-school musical

Date: 06.12.2009
Publication: Burlington Free Press.com
Author: Brent Hallenbeck

 

I know it was Branford Marsalis’ show tonight at the Flynn Center, but I couldn’t help but focus on his 18-year-old drummer Justin Faulkner after learning about the soon-to-graduate high-schooler at their Meet the Artist session a few hours earlier (see previous blog entry). This is no novelty act - the kid is impressive. He moves deftly from two-handed shuffle to a fuller, funkier beat, and delivered a couple of solos that rocked the house. When Marsalis wasn’t playing his saxophone and stood behind his three fellow musicians to watch and listen (which was often - he relishes sharing the load) he would bob his head to the rhythm and in approval of what Faulkner, pianist Joey Calderazzo and bass player Eric Revis were doing (Calderazzo, by the way, had a gorgeous piano solo on a beautiful tune he wrote called “The Blossom of Parting”; you can see all four band members in this fine photo from tonight by Free Press staffer Glenn Russell).
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Submitted by Ben on June 11th, 2009 — 11:00pm