MARSALIS MUSIC is the creation of Branford Marsalis, one of the most celebrated jazz musicians of the past quarter century.
Based upon his extensive experience as a saxophonist, composer and bandleader, Marsalis recognized the need to form a label that allows a diverse array of musicians to document their best effort.
Launched in 2002, Marsalis Music has focused primarily on jazz, with a roster featuring such promising new artists as Miguel Zenón and Claudia Acuña as well as Marsalis himself and such established stylists as Joey Calderazzo and Harry Connick, Jr.
The label receives distribution support from Redeye Distribution and also sponsors Marsalis Jams through its non-profit arm, Music Education Initiative, Inc.
Marsalis Jams has presented ensembles in performance/jam session settings on college and high school campuses around the country, featuring such leading musicians as Sean Jones, David Sánchez, Miguel Zenón and the late James Williams.
The label also conceived and has helped to realize the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village project that will ultimately provide several hundred homes for displaced musicians and their families as well as other displaced residents of New Orleans.