Jazz Spotlight : Marsalis Times Five

By Don Heckman
Los Angeles Times
02.16.2003

In “The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration” (*** 1/2, Marsalis Music), the only nonmember of the family in the ensemble is bassist Roland Guerin. Beyond that, it’s all Marsalis: patriarch Ellis on piano, saxophonist Branford, trumpeter Wynton, trombonist Delfeayo and drummer Jason.

It took a tribute concert marking Ellis Marsalis’ retirement from his teaching duties at the University of New Orleans to bring father and four sons together on the same stage, in the same band, for the very first time.
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Submitted by Ben on February 16th, 2003 — 01:00am

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

The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration

Liner Notes
02.04.2003

Many have tried, but prior to the evening of August 4, 2001, none had succeeded in bringing Ellis Marsalis and all four of his music-playing sons together on the same bandstand.   Dovetailing schedules is no simple matter for the members of the most prominent and active family in jazz.  It was not until the University of New Orleans scheduled a tribute concert to mark Ellis’ retirement from its music faculty and the establishment of a chair in his honor that the much-anticipated conjunction took place.  The event was guaranteed to be memorable, but could it live up to the expectations that had been building for the better part of two decades?
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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

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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