Branford Marsalis News

Detroit International Jazz Festival wrap-up: A fiery final day

Publication: MLive.com
Author: Mike Stratton
Date: September 7, 2010

The theme of this year’s Detroit International Jazz Festival was Flame Keepers, and the heritage and jazz history on display at the festival shows the music to be very much alive and in good hands.

Where else can you see Barry Harris watching Mulgrew Miller from a front row seat? Or young Tia Fuller grab a chair to make sure to catch Roy Haynes’ burning set? Or watch Gerald Wilson grow young before our eyes leading a dynamic big band through some punchy arrangements?

Highlights of the last day of the festival included an amazing set of music by Branford Marsalis Quartet. Caught backstage and asked, “What’s your personal highlight of the festival?” Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson answered, “This right here.” When questioned what he thought of Branford he answered immediately and authoritatively: “Branford Marsalis is the greatest living saxophonist.”
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Submitted by Ben on September 8th, 2010 — 01:44pm

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