Branford Marsalis News

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

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

Jazz review: Branford Marsalis and a night at the opera

Charlie Parker’s favourite composer was Igor Stravinsky and there has always been some cross-pollination between the worlds of jazz and classical music.

Some of our great jazz players have gone all the way, performing and recording classical works. Wynton Marsalis led the charge with his best-selling Haydn trumpet concerto, followed closely by his older brother Branford. Keith Jarrett has been steadily working his way through the Bach and Handel keyboard catelogues and several prominent classical pianists have at least one “jazz project” in their discographies. Read more »

Submitted by admin on March 24th, 2010 — 12:00am

The Branford Marsalis Quartet are skillful technicians, but more than that, they project distinct personalities.

Branford Marsalis Quartet
Michael Fowler Centre, March 20

Branford Marsalis means serious jazz, right?

Well, I certainly expected the gig to have a serious tone, but it was more about joyful interaction between four musicians who love playing together letting the audience in on the fun. Read more »

Submitted by admin on March 20th, 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