April 2013 Marsalis Music Newsletter

Tue, 2013-04-02

Happy Jazz Appreciation Month! Learn about the Marsalis Music Honors Series! Celebrate with 25% off your purchase at the Marsalis Music store with promo code CELEBRATEJAM! Watch Branford perform at the International Jazz Day’s All-Star Concert in Istanbul via online stream! Go hear a live jazz performance!

Marsalis Music Honors Series - Putting Our Gratitude On Record
The Marsalis Music Honors Series brings together underappreciated jazz giants with emerging artists for recordings that create testaments to the talent and wisdom of the elder statesmen of jazz.

Listen to a collection of tunes from our Honors Series via our website’s Radio or on Spotify.

As an instrumentalist, a composer, and an educator, Alvin Batiste (1932-2007) created a modern approach to improvising on the clarinet and is one of America’s great unsung artists. Featuring a program focused on Batiste’s original compositions, Marsalis Music Honors Alvin Batiste is the last recording before Batiste’s passing in 2007 and provides a too-rare glimpse of the giant’s outstanding musical and compositional abilities. Batiste was one of the most important figures in the field of jazz education, founding a jazz studies program at Southern University and setting the process in motion for the creation of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. In addition to vocalist Ed Perkins, guitarist Russell Malone, pianist Lawrence Fields, and bassist Ricardo Rodriguez, the disc features two of Batiste’s former students, drummer Herlin Riley and saxophonist/producer Branford Marsalis.

Even when he has not been in the spotlight, drummer Michael Carvin’s presence has been felt over a wide range of music. There are the jazz gigs he has logged over the last forty years in support of numerous major artists as well as at the helm of his own groups; and there are the over 250 jazz, blues, and pop recordings he has energized, beginning with two years as house drummer for Motown Records in the late 1960s. Carvin’s influence can also be felt through the number of talented drummers who have availed themselves of his insights in the forty years since he established the Michael Carvin School of Drumming. Joined by Dezron Douglas on bass, Carlton Holmes on piano, and Marcus Strickland on saxophone, Carvin’s rhythmic drive shines through on a set of standards on Marsalis Music Honors Michael Carvin.

Visit Mr. Carvin’s official website for more information regarding his musical projects and the Michael Carvin School of Drumming.

As the drummer on Miles Davis’ legendary album Kind of Blue, Jimmy Cobb may be the most frequently heard drummer in jazz history, and as part of the legendary Davis rhythm section with pianist Wynton Kelly and bassist Paul Chambers, he created a manner of swinging in the modern idiom that remains the gold standard for rhythmic inspiration. On Marsalis Music Honors Jimmy Cobb, Cobb and alto saxophonist Andrew Speight, pianist Ellis Marsalis, and bassist Orlando Le Fleming perform a mix of standards and new originals that highlight the legend’s mastery of the drum kit.

For more information regarding Mr. Cobb’s music and upcoming tour dates, please visit his official website.

Marsalis Music lost a family member when legendary New Orleans drummer Bob French passed away in November 2012. On Marsalis Music Honors Bob French, Mr. French presents a multi-generational celebration of traditional New Orleans music with musical guests Ellen Smith, Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, Branford Marsalis, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Edward Huntington, Harry Connick, Jr. and Chris Severin. Hailing from a famous Crescent City  musical family, French kept the city’s musical traditions alive as a radio host for WWOZ and longstanding leader of the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band.


Special Offers for Jazz Appreciation Month

Honors Series Bundle
Marsalis Music illuminates the incredible talents of four elder statesmen of jazz with our Honors Series collection. This bundle includes all four Marsalis Music Honors Series recordings by Alvin Batiste, Michael Carvin, Jimmy Cobb, and Bob French. Available for $36 plus shipping and handling.

Marsalis Family Bundle
Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with recordings by one of the most talented families of jazz. Two concerts, both in honor of patriarch Ellis Marsalis, are captured live by Marsalis Music on A Jazz Celebration and Music Redeems. This bundle includes both CDs and a poster featuring artwork from Music Redeems signed by Ellis Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Jason Marsalis for $40.00 plus shipping and handling.

*code does not apply to Bundles listed above
Go hear some live jazz to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month!

In addition to duo performances with Joey Calderazzo and gigs with his Quartet, Branford Marsalis will be a special guest performer with the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet on April 23 & 24 in the Netherlands, and is proud to be part of the International Jazz Day all-star concert in Istanbul on April 30!

Branford Marsalis Tour Dates
4/5/2013     Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
                   Branford Marsalis Quartet
4/6/2013     Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
                   Branford Marsalis Quartet
4/7/2013     Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, Oneonta, NY
                   Branford Marsalis Quartet
4/11/2013   Royal Opera House, Muscat, Oman
                   Branford Marsalis Quartet
4/15/2013   Salon IKSV, Istanbul, Turkey
                   Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo Duo
4/16/2013   Salon IKSV, Istanbul, Turkey
                   Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo Duo
4/18/2013   De Oosterpoort, Groningen, Netherlands
                   Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo Duo
4/19/2013  Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria

                   Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo Duo
4/20/2013   Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland
                   Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo Duo
4/21/2013   KKL Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
                   Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo Duo
4/23/2013   Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
                   Branford Marsalis with Aurelia Saxophone Quartet
4/24/2013   Muzikcentrum Enschede, Amsterdam, Netherlands
                   Branford Marsalis with Aurelia Saxophone Quartet
4/30/2013   International Jazz Day Concert, Istanbul, Turkey 
                   All-Star Concert streaming live at
6/1/2013     Longwood Gardens Wine and Jazz Festival, Kennett Square, PA
                   Branford Marsalis Quartet
6/15/2013   Romare Bearden Park Grand Opening, Charlotte, NC
                   Branford Marsalis Quartet
7/5/2013     Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Kongsberg, Norway
                   Branford Marsalis Quartet
7/7/2013     Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Glynde Place, United Kingdom
                   Branford Marsalis Quartet
8/18/2013   Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA
                   Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo Duo
9/1/2013     Labor Day Jazz Weekend @ Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI
                   Branford Marsalis Quartet
9/20/2013 - Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver, CO
9/22/2013   Branford Marsalis with the Colorado Symphony
10/11/2013  Orchestra Hall, Detroit, MI                
                   Branford Marsalis Quartet

Claudia Acuña Tour Dates
Jimmy Cobb Tour Dates
Miguel Zenón Tour Dates
April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) - a time to
shine a spotlight on the joys of jazz. Learn more about JAM at the Smithsonian Jazz page or the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz April website. JAM concludes with International Jazz Day on April 30 and an all-star gathering of jazz musicians, including Branford Marsalis, performing together in Istanbul. More information regarding International Jazz Day and the Istanbul concert are available here.

Get out and support Jazz any way you know how!
-Marsalis Music