2 Decades of Dynamic Jazz for Marsalis Family

By Steve Jones
USA Today
02.04.2003

For the past 20 years, the name Marsalis has been synonymous with jazz.

Wynton, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, has become a cultural icon with his critically acclaimed records and performances and jazz-education efforts. Older brother Branford is highly respected for his music and well-known for his work on TV and with pop bands. Their father, Ellis, is renowned as a pianist and mentor to many of this generation’s important jazz players. Younger brothers Delfeayo, a trombonist, and Jason, a drummer, have made names for themselves both as bandleaders and sidemen.
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Submitted by Ben on February 4th, 2003 — 01:00am

Marsalis Family Q&A

Marsalis Music
02.04.2003

ELLIS MARSALIS

• During your formative years, how did radio serve as an influence?

 I learned a lot about listening as a result of the radio.  From the popular standard fare such as Tommy Dorsey, Helen O’Connell and Glenn Miller to the mystery shows such as Lights Out, The Shadow, Superman and the Lone Ranger, whose theme song came from Rossini.  Later, I heard a modern show that was programming the music of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker and I said Wow! What is THAT?  That experience caused me to move into the direction that I would ultimately pursue.
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Marsalis Family Program Notes

Marsalis Music
02.04.2003

Multi-generational jazz families were once the rule in New Orleans.  The music’s early history is filled with such storied names as brass band leader Henry Allen, Sr. and his son, trumpet great Henry “Red” Allen, Jr.; drum pioneer Louis Cottrell, Sr. and his clarinet-playing offspring Louis, Jr.; Onward Brass Band cornetist Edward Hall and his sons, clarinetists Edmond, Herb and Robert; and the celebrated Humphrey clan that included Jim, son Willie Eli, and grandsons Earl, Percy and Willie James.
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Submitted by Ben on February 4th, 2003 — 01:00am

Branford Marsalis: Top Ten Favorite Albums

Ten Favorite Albums.

1.) Elton John- Honky Chateau. Read more »

Submitted by admin on July 25th, 2002 — 12:00am

The solo recording is a rite of passage for any pianist.

Date: 09.01.2007
Publication: Jazziz
Author: John Frederick Moore

The solo recording is a rite of passage for any pianist. But on this effort from Joey Calderazzo, best known lately for his work as a member of Branford Marsalis’ group, he’s at his best when he gets a little help from his friends.
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Submitted by Ben on September 7th, 2001 — 12:00am