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Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis lead tribute to the late Bob French

Publication: The Times-Picayune
Author: Keith Spera
Date: December 5, 2012

Among other, sometimes less flattering designations, Bob French was considered the unofficial mayor of the Musicians’ Village. In November, he also became the first of its residents to die.

On the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 4, Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis and their manager, Ann Marie Wilkins, the trio who championed the construction of the Musicians’ Village after Hurricane Katrina, hosted a private memorial concert for French, the longtime leader and drummer of the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band and an especially colorful WWOZ-FM deejay.

Over the decades, French mentored scores of young musicians, including Connick and Marsalis. After their success and fame had far surpassed that of their mentor, they returned the favor. Read more »

Ellis Marsalis Music Center crowns Muscians' Village

Publication: WWLTV.com
Reporting By: Bill Capo
Date: August 25, 2011

Please visit WWLTV’s website for video footage covering the opening of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music!

NEW ORLEANS — There was a standing room only crowd, with actress Renee Zellweger in the audience, for the dedication of the new Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, the centerpiece of Habitat for Humanity’s Musicians Village project in the Ninth Ward.

Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis played key roles in developing the Musicians Village, and the center, but as performers, they called this hall acoustically perfect. Read more »

Branford to be Featured Presenter at TEDxNOLA on Friday, August 27th!

Marsalis Music is excited to announce that our very own Branford Marsalis will be a featured presenter at TEDxNOLA on Friday, August 27th at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre in New Orleans, where along with other visionary intellects, Branford will explore the role that crisis plays in the development of groundbreaking ideas. Specifically, Branford and his interviewer, Lolis Eric Elie, a New Orleans based writer and filmmaker who recently joined the staff of the HBO series Treme, will discuss the creation of the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village.

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Submitted by Ben on August 18th, 2010 — 03:40pm