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New album from the Branford Marsalis Quartet available on vinyl only for Record Store Day 2012

CAMBRIDGE, MA: Legendary saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his tight-knit working band will deliver Four MFs Playin’ Tunes on deluxe 180-gram high definition vinyl just in time for Record Store Day on April 21, 2012. This is the first recording of the Branford Marsalis Quartet with an electrifying young drummer who joined the band three years ago and the results are a nimble and sparkling album, featuring ambitious original compositions by members of the band, a Thelonious Monk classic, and one standard dating to 1930. The record blends the beautiful and subtle ballad sounds of the 2004 release Eternal with the ecstatic contrasts of the critically-acclaimed Braggtown. In other words, this just might be the Branford Marsalis Quartet’s most sublime musical achievement yet.

This is the first vinyl release from Marsalis Music, and the label is so excited to be able to offer something special to the folks who support independent music stores. Four MFs Playin’ Tunes will be available on compact disc and digitally on August 7, 2012. Vinyl purchases will come with a download card that enables purchasers to register to receive a free digital copy of the album on August 7.

On Four MFs Playin’ Tunes, the song takes center stage, with the band members bringing their considerable musical expertise to bear, as they focus on each tune as an important musical entity unto itself and not merely a vehicle for showcasing individual talent. Branford Marsalis elaborates: “We need to quit thinking of songs as vehicles and think of them as songs, and treat each with equality… What we are trying to do is to figure out the emotional purpose of each song we play and then play according to that purpose, as opposed to musicians who spend their time developing what they call a concept.”

Those sentiments are echoed unanimously by the group from the youngest and most recent member, drummer Justin Faulkner, who joined the band in 2009 and has been impressing audiences and critics alike during the band’s electric live performances, to core fixtures pianist Joey Calderazzo and bassist Eric Revis. Asked to describe the challenge of his first recording session with the Quartet, Faulkner responds with a question, “What can we do to make each tune an actual song rather than just a bunch of notes on a page?” Read more »

Submitted by Courtney on April 2nd, 2012 — 03:14pm

Zenón's Alma Adentro Receives Grammy Nomination!

We are so proud to announce that Miguel Zenón’s Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook received a Grammy nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album last night! Congrats to Miguel and all of the musicians involved with the album. Full list of Grammy nominees here.

Submitted by Courtney on December 1st, 2011 — 11:57am

Berklee Marsalis Jams: JD Allen Trio pairs with Berklee Students, November 9 and 10

Boston, MA, October 25, 2011  – Berklee College of Music and Marsalis Music present Marsalis Berklee Jams, a program that brings up-and-coming jazz artists to Boston for performances and masterclasses with Berklee students. The featured artist for this eighth installment is the JD Allen Trio, with tenor saxophonist JD Allen, bassist Gregg August, and drummer Kush Abadey, a former Berklee Presidential Scholar.

The JD Allen Trio, known for seamlessly blending its creative members’ improvisation into deliberate frameworks, will present masterclasses and concerts on November 9 and 10. While participation in the masterclasses is only open to Berklee students, tickets for the concerts are available to the public. Read more »

Submitted by Courtney on October 26th, 2011 — 11:33am

ELLIS MARSALIS CENTER FOR MUSIC TO OPEN IN NEW ORLEANS MUSICIANS’ VILLAGE

Ellis Marsalis Center for MusicELLIS MARSALIS CENTER FOR MUSIC TO OPEN IN NEW ORLEANS MUSICIANS’ VILLAGE

Center Named for Legendary Pianist and Educator Will Serve the Upper Ninth Ward and the Wider New Orleans Community


Musicians’ Village, Upper Ninth Ward, New Orleans, LA – August 8, 2011:  On August 25, 2011, as the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, one of the most positive responses to the catastrophe that devastated New Orleans will be unveiled – The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music.  Located at 1901 Bartholomew Street in the heart of the Musicians’ Village in the Upper Ninth Ward, and named for one of the city’s most influential pianists, educators and living legends, the Center will serve as a state of the art facility for the preservation and ongoing development of New Orleans music and culture.
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American Girl Partners with 13-Year-Old Kate Connick and Her Father, Harry Connick, Jr.

IT’S A FIRST! AMERICAN GIRL UNVEILS TWO HISTORICAL CHARACTERS  SHARING ONE UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY THROUGH NEW ORLEANS IN 1853

Company Partners with 13-Year-Old Kate Connick and Her Father, Harry Connick, Jr.,
to Debut Original Song, “
A Lot Like Me

Middleton, WI—August 08, 2011: For the first time in American Girl’s 25-year history, the company is introducing two different historical characters, Cécile Rey and Marie-Grace Gardner, in one six-book series set in 1850s New Orleans. The new characters—one African American and one Caucasian—show the power of friendship and community as they reach across the boundaries of race and class to help their families, friends, and city during a time of great need. To celebrate Cécile and Marie-Grace’s debut and the rich musical tradition of New Orleans, American Girl has partnered with 13-year-old Kate Connick and her father, world-renowned musician and actor Harry Connick, Jr., to create an original song—“A Lot Like Me”—with all proceeds benefiting the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans.
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Submitted by Ben on August 8th, 2011 — 03:00pm