Releases

In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral
Branford Marsalis
2014

Branford Marsalis continues to prove that there is no context too large or small to contain his gifts. A reigning master of the jazz quartet format, dedicated champion of the duo setting, in-demand soloist of classical ensembles both chamber and orchestral, and session-enhancing special guest on an array of rock, roots and pop performances over the course of his career, his ever-broadening creativity and instrumental command have created the profile of a multi-dimensional musician with few peers among contemporary performers. Read more »

Four MFs Playin' Tunes
Branford Marsalis
2012

Branford Marsalis           saxophones
Joey Calderazzo             piano
Eric Revis                       bass
Justin Faulkner              drums
  

…the album is a knockout: hard nosed and hyperacute, tradition minded but modern, defined by the high-wire grace of his working band.” -Nate Chinen, New York Times
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Music From The Happy Elf
Harry Connick, Jr.
2011


The Harry Connick, Jr. Trio
Harry Connick, Jr. piano
Neal Caine bass
Arthur Latin drums

Celebrate the holidays with Harry Connic, Jr.’s “The Happy Elf” and start a new tradition! Read more »

Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook
Miguel Zenón
2011

 

The Quartet      
Miguel Zenón Alto Sax    
Luis Perdomo Piano    
Hans Glawischnig Bass    
Henry Cole Drums    
Woodwind Ensemble      
Guillermo Klein Conductor    
Nathalie Joachim Flute    
Domenica Fossati Flute    
Julietta Curenton Flute    
Romie de Guise-Langlois Clarinet    
Carol McGonnell Bass Clarinet & Clarinet    
James Austin Smith Oboe    
Brad Balliett Bassoon    
Keve Wilson English Horn    
Jennifer Kessler French Horn    
David Byrd-Marrow French Horn    

Many of the most cherished standards in jazz were born as popular songs. In fact, through the course of jazz history, popular songs have served as a source of inspiration for jazz artists. They still do.

Now, in Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook, his new recording of classic Puerto Rican songs, saxophonist, composer and arranger Miguel Zenón brings that jazz tradition home – his home. Read more »

A Lot Like Me
Kate Connick
2011

MUSICIAN CREDITS

Kate Connick - Vocals
Harry Connick, Jr. – Piano & Organ
Tony Hall - Bass, Guitar
Raymond Weber - Drums
Mark Mullins - Trombone
Mark Braud - Trumpet
Geoff Burke - Tenor Saxophone

SINGERS
Tara Alexander - leader
Marcus Doucette
Jasmine Blue
Kiran Gullage
Angelle Smith
Gilliam Pierce
Cynthia Liggins Thomas
Ebon George

Produced by Harry Connick, Jr. and Tracey Freeman
Recorded at The Music Shed New Orleans
Kyle Lamy - engineer
William Moesta - assistant engineer
Mixed by Scott Riesett at Mackneck Inferno

Available exclusively on iTunes, “A Lot Like Me”, is an original song about friendship, community and caring.  Sung by 13-year-old Kate Connick, written and accompanied by her father, world-renowned musician and actor Harry Connick, Jr., inspired by Cécile Rey™ andMarie-Grace Gardner(two new historic characters from American Girl) and benefitting the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans. Read more »

Songs of Mirth and Melancholy
Branford Marsalis
2011

Branford Marsalis - Saxophones
Joey Calderazzo - Piano

Few contemporary pairings of saxophonist and pianist have been as inspired and productive as that of Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo.  Since replacing the late Kenny Kirkland in Marsalis’ quartet in 1998, Calderazzo has blended seamlessly into the uncompromising creative atmosphere of the ensemble and revealed new facets of his own conception, while Marsalis in turn has been inspired by the pianist’s challenging instrumental support and growing strength as a composer.  The relationship grows ever deeper, as documented on the new Marsalis Music CD Songs of Mirth and Melancholy. Read more »

Music Redeems
The Marsalis Family
2010

Family
Ellis Marsalis Piano
Branford Marsalis Saxophones
Wynton Marsalis Trumpet
Ellis Marsalis III Spoken Word
Delfeayo Marsalis Trombone
Jason Marsalis Drums, Vibes & Whistling

Friends
Harry Connick, Jr. Piano
Eric Revis Bass
Herlin Riley Drums

On August 24, 2010, Marsalis Music and Redeye Distribution will release a rare, new album by New Orleans’ own, The Marsalis Family, recently honored by the National Endowment for the Arts with a 2011 Jazz Masters Award Fellowship. All proceeds from the project will go straight to programming support for the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, an education center and heart of the New Orleans Musicians’ Village community, conceived in 2005 by Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. in partnership with New Orleans Habitat for Humanity following Hurricane Katrina. Read more »

Esta Plena
Miguel Zenón
2009

Earthy and sophisticated, the music of Esta Plena suggests a summing up of the work of saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón thus far. It is rooted in the traditional plena music of Zenón’s native Puerto Rico – reinterpreted with the sensibility, the approach and the tools of 21st century jazz. Read more »

En Este Momento
Claudia Acuña
2009

Whether delivered in the Spanish of her native Chile or the English that has served her well during her years in the United States, Claudia Acuña creates music resonant with determination and compassion, commitment to struggling for and sustaining her hope for a better world. Read more »

Metamorphosen
Branford Marsalis
2009

Branford Marsalis - Saxophones
Joey Calderazzo - Piano
Eric Revis - Bass
Jeff “Tain” Watts - Drums

Time flies when you are making great music, as Branford Marsalis will be the first to attest. “I had no idea that two years had passed since we made our last album,” says the celebrated saxophonist, composer, producer and leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet. The realization prompted a simple charge to Quartet members Joey Calderazzo, Eric Revis and Jeff “Tain”Watts. Read more »

Awake
Miguel Zenón
2008

There have been few new voices in the jazz world that have caused as much of a stir and possessed as much individuality as Miguel Zenón. The buzz began with his quartet’s first Marsalis Music release, Ceremonial, a program of original compositions that appeared in 2004. Jíbaro, his second disc, followed a year later, and its bold reinterpretation of the rural music of Puerto Rico helped earn Zenón the overall Best New Artist award in the 2006 JazzTimes poll. Read more »

Amanecer
Joey Calderazzo
2007

If Haiku, Joey Calderazzo’s previous Marsalis Music release and first recording comprised completely of solo performances, was a significant milestone in the career of the acclaimed pianist, then Amanecer must be counted as equally momentous. Read more »

Marsalis Music Honors Alvin Batiste
Alvin Batiste
2007

Few musicians are more deserving of honors than Alvin Batiste, the subject of a new volume in Marsalis Music’s Honors Series. As an instrumentalist, a composer and an educator, he has been a central figure in shaping modern music for the past half century, and the ten tracks on Alvin Batiste provide a too-rare glimpse of a giant who has spent far too much of his career out of the limelight.

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Marsalis Music Honors Bob French
Bob French
2007

New Orleans has been a primary source of musical creativity for more than a century, and the Tuxedo Band has been at the center of New Orleans music most of the way. “The Tuxedo Band began as an orchestra, either in 1909 or 1910, depending on where you get your information,” notes Bob French, who has had charge of the incredible Tuxedo legacy for the last 30 years. A multi-generational celebration of traditional New Orleans music is French’s focus in a new volume of the Marsalis Music label’s Honors Series. Read more »

Chanson du Vieux Carre
Harry Connick, Jr.
2007

For those like Harry Connick, Jr. who grew up in New Orleans, the Crescent City has always been a constant state of mind. The love that he and the members of his band share for this birthplace of so much of America’s musical culture has defined all of their performances, but never more so than on Chanson du Vieux Carre, the third disc in the Marsalis Music label’s series Connick on Piano. Read more »

Braggtown
Branford Marsalis
2006

Over the course of its life - and most particularly on its previous Marsalis Music scs - the Branford Marsalis Quartet has revealed an ability to express every kind of emotion, including an informed sense of history (on the label-launching Footsteps of Our Fathers in 2002 and the 2004 DVD Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ Live in Amsterdam), a sensitivity to other artistic disciplines (Romare Bearden Revealed from 2003) and a profound sense of intimacy that stretched the concept of a “ballads album” (2004’s Eternal). Read more »

Marsalis Music Honors Jimmy Cobb
Jimmy Cobb
2006

In a career spanning nearly six decades, drummer Jimmy Cobb has proven to be a master of every musical situation. One of jazz’s definitive accompanists, Cobb made his name in support of such giants as Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery and Sarah Vaughan, and on literally hundreds of studio sessions. As the drummer on Davis’ legendary album Kind of Blue, Cobb may be the most frequently heard (if not the best known) 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. Read more »

Marsalis Music Honors Michael Carvin
Michael Carvin
2006

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 30 years, in support of numerous major artists as well as at the helm of his own groups; and there are the many blues and pop performances he has energized, beginning with two years as house drummer for Motown Records in the late 1960s. Even when he’s not directly involved, Carvin’s influence can be felt through the number of talented drummers who have availed themselves of his insights in the 32 years since he established the Michael Carvin School of Drumming. Read more »

Harry and Branford: A Duo Occasion
Branford Marsalis
2005

Pianist Harry Connick, Jr. and saxophonist Branford Marsalis are old friends who regularly
surprise the music world with their eclectic tastes and ability to deliver in a variety of idioms.
When the pair got together to record Occasion from Marsalis Music’s Connick on Piano
series, the setting may have been unexpected, but the results were typically challenging and
satisfying. After the positive response that Occasion received upon its spring 2005 release,
further encounters by the pair were inevitable. One particularly memorable set, from the Read more »

Occasion
Harry Connick, Jr.
2005

Occasion, the second volume of Marsalis Music’s Connick on Piano series, presents Harry Connick, Jr. in one of the most challenging and spontaneous settings of his career – a series of duos with saxophonist and label head Branford Marsalis. The new disc, recorded over a March weekend in North Carolina, will be released June 14, 2005. Read more »

Jíbaro
Miguel Zenón
2005

The jazz world got to know Miguel Zenón quite well in 2004. The young alto saxophonist/composer expanded his already impressive sideman résumé with featured roles in the SF Jazz Collective and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. He also captivated numerous listeners with his heralded Marsalis Music debut, Ceremonial. Read more »

Bluestate
Doug Wamble
2005

The two years that separate Bluestate, the new Marsalis Music album by Doug Wamble, from his debut disc Country Libations have been a period of intense work and impressive growth. The guitarist/vocalist/composer and his rhythm section of pianist Roy Dunlap, bassist Jeff Hanley and drummer Peter Miles have been touring extensively, writing new material, and honing what has been recognized as one of the most unique and compelling new sounds in the jazz world. Read more »

A Love Supreme Live In Amsterdam
Branford Marsalis
2004

For Marsalis Music’s second DVD release, label founder Branford Marsalis and his quartet have been captured in a complete performance of John Coltrane’s 1964 masterpiece A Love Supreme. This legendary suite, which tenor saxophonist Marsalis included on his label’s premier release, Footsteps of Our Fathers, was performed at Amsterdam’s Bimhuis during a European tour in March 2003. Read more »

Eternal
Branford Marsalis
2004

Many musicians create collections of ballads to serve as background listening in one-dimensional moods. Branford Marsalis is an uncommon musician, however and Eternal is no ordinary ballad album. The new CD, Branford’s third on his Marsalis Music label, will be released on September 14. Read more »

Haiku
Joey Calderazzo
2004

 Everybody knows Joey Calderazzo the phenomenal band pianist. From the time of his emergence with Michael Brecker in 1986 through his recent work in the Branford Marsalis Quartet, and on five previous albums under his own name, Calderazzo has proved to be among the most intense and engaged of contemporary soloists and accompanists. His energy, technique and rapid-fire imagination have marked him as one of the most exciting jazz pianists to emerge in the past two decades. Read more »

Ceremonial
Miguel Zenón
2004

At its best, the most passionate and promising of today’s jazz is less a fusion of exotic and mainstream elements than a reflection of the more complex, cosmopolitan environment of the contemporary improvising musician. Miguel Zenón whose alto saxophone and quartet make their Marsalis Music debut on Ceremonial, is a stellar example of the blends of energy, passion, intellect and spirit that ensures the music’s continued relevance and growth. Read more »

Romare Bearden Revealed
Branford Marsalis
2003

Branford Marsalis Quartet
Branford Marsalis  saxophones
Joey Calderazzo  piano
Eric Revis  bass
Jeff “Tain” Watts  drums

Special Guests
Harry Connick, Jrpiano
 Delfeayo Marsalis  trombone
Ellis Marsalis  piano
Jason Marsalis  drums
 Wynton Marsalis  trumpet
Reginald Veal  bass
Doug Wamble  guitar

Jazz musicians have frequently inspired and been inspired by visual artists; but the interchange has never been more direct and intense than on Romare Bearden Revealed. This disc, comprised entirely of newly recorded music, was produced by saxophonist Branford Marsalis in celebration of “The Art of Romare Bearden,” a major retrospective that opened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 2003. Read more »

Other Hours
Harry Connick, Jr.
2003

 

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Not content to rest on his continuing successes as a singer, a pianist, a composer of original songs, an arranger and a screen actor, Harry has seized the opportunity in recent years to write an entire Broadway score, patent new computer technology for the performance of orchestral music, and create the character Leo on the popular NBC-TV series “Will and Grace.” Harry Connick, Jr. may be one of the most multi-talented artists in the world of contemporary entertainment. Read more »

Country Libations
Doug Wamble
2003

Say it as if it were spelled “womble,” and you’ve got the correct the pronunciation of Doug Wamble’s last name. Catch the echoes of such diverse giants as Louis Armstrong, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson and Ornette Coleman in Wamble’s music, and you begin to sense the uncommonly broad pool of inspiration from which the 30-year-old guitarist, vocalist and composer draws. Read more »

The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration
The Marsalis Family
2003

The Crescent City’s most celebrated jazz family led by the patriarch, Ellis Marsalis, has
recorded together for the first time. What may be the most eagerly anticipated family
affair in jazz history, The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration, was released on
Marsalis Music on February 4, 2003. The album features all of the music-making
Marsalises - father Ellis on piano and sons Branford (tenor and soprano saxophones),
Wynton (trumpet), Delfeayo (trombone) and Jason (drums) - along with bassist Roland Read more »

Footsteps of Our Fathers
Branford Marsalis
2002

Branford Marsalis has never been one to stand still. The acclaimed saxophonist forges new paths with an assurance born of lifelong dedication and keenly honed knowledge, in the company of his stunning quartet. Together they have created Footsteps of Our Fathers, a joyous homage to jazz immortals living and dead who helped shape a value system that inspires not only Branford’s playing and writing, but also his determination to ensure that true creativity will be properly documented through his new Marsalis Music label. Read more »