Marsalis Music

Branford & Joey

Watch Branford and Joey talk about their album, Songs Of Mirth and Melancholy, on our “Videos” page.

Ellis Marsalis at the piano

Ellis Marsalis Center for Music

The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music is now open in New Orleans!

Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo

Read Rafi Zabor’s liner notes from the duo release to learn more about the album

Branford Marsalis to reunite with Grateful Dead members at Lockn' Festival 2018

Publication: Rolling Stone
Author: Richard Gehr
Date: May 2, 2018

A Grateful Dead late-career highlight will be celebrated during on August 26th, when Lockn’ Festival headliners Dead & Company – featuring John Mayer with former Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann – will reunite with jazz veteran Branford Marsalis, whose collaboration with the band at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum in March 1990 has become one of the Dead’s most legendary shows. Read more »

Submitted by Bobby on May 3rd, 2018 — 10:51am

Upward Spiral nominated for 2017 Grammy award!

GrammyCongratulations to the Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling for their 2017 Grammy nomination in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Album! The project has many upcoming US and European concert dates, beginning in January 2017, so please visit Branford’s website to see if the group will be performing in a location near you.

Submitted by Ben on December 6th, 2016 — 11:43am

Classical or Jazz? Branford Marsalis bridges both worlds of music in Allentown Symphony Orchestra ‘Opening Gala’

Publication: Bethlehem Press
Author: Paul Willistein
Date: October 14, 2016

The 2016-17 season-opening Allentown Symphony Orchestra classical music concerts will be long-remembered for a Lehigh Valley world premiere by a well-known musician, band leader and composer.

Branford Marsalis and the Allentown Symphony perform Villa-Lobos’ “Fantasia for Saxophone and Orchestra” in an updated transcription of the work.

Marsalis headlines the “Opening Gala” for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra ”Classical Series,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and 3 p.m. Oct. 16, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The program, conducted by Diane Wittry, Allentown Symphony Orchestra Music Director, in addition to Marsalis performing Villa-Lobos’ “Fantasia for Saxophone and Orchestra” and Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras” No. 5 Aria (Cantilena) and Dansa (Martelo), includes Villa-Lobos’ Sinfonietta No. 1 (“A memoria de Mozart”), and Beethoven Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”).

The Villa-Lobos’ “Fantasia for Saxophone and Orchestra” work on the Allentown Symphony concert program has a special place in the repertoire of Marsalis, who grew up in a household filled with music in Breaux Bridge, La. His mother, Dolores, is a jazz singer and substitute teacher. His father, Ellis, is a pianist and music professor. His brothers Jason, Wynton, Ellis III and Delfeayo are also jazz musicians. The New York Times described the Marsalis family as “jazz’s most storied living dynasty.”

“The piece [‘Fantasia for Saxophone and Orchestra’] is on the first classical record I ever got. I played the piece and liked it and didn’t like it,” Marsalis says during a phone interview the day before he turned 56 on Aug. 26.

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Submitted by Bobby on October 17th, 2016 — 10:30am