March 2012 Marsalis Music Newsletter

Tue, 2012-03-06

Harry and Branford Find Their Roots
Longtime friends and New Orleans’ natives Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis will explore their genealogy with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on the national premiere episode of the new PBS series Finding Your Roots on Sunday, March 25 8-9pm EST. “In each hour-long episode, [host Gates] takes viewers along for the journey with one celebrity pair bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link, treks through layers of ancestral history, uncovers secrets and surprises of their family trees and shares life-altering discoveries.” Please check your local listings for the airtime on your local PBS station.

Get Ready for Record Store Day 2012
Officially launched in 2007, Record Store Day is an internationally celebrated day observed the third Saturday in April. Bringing together fans, artist and over 700 independently owned record stores in the US (and hundreds more across the globe), RSD celebrates the art of music! This year Marsalis Music will join the celebration with a very special RSD release.  Follow us on Twitter and friend us on Facebook and check out the April newsletter for more details and… Get thee to a Record Store on April 21, 2012!

Branford with Angelique
Branford Marsalis performs as a special guest on Angelique Kidjo’s new album and DVD Spirit Rising. For more information about the project, please visit Angelique’s website.

A Jazz Conversation between Devin Phillips and Branford Marsalis
While in Portland for a duo performance with Joey Calderazzo,  Branford took a moment to sit down with fellow New Orleanian Devin Phillips to catch up.  In the oral tradition of the South, their conversation covered a wide variety of topics from the motivating factors of classical music to Branford’s appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef [along with another New Orleans’ native, Chef John Besh] to the parallels between jazz soloists and fashion.  This is definitely worth hearing!  So visit to stream this interview and check out some of the other interesting conversations recorded during the Festival with artists Charlie Hunter, Bill Frisell, Vijay Iyer, and Roy Haynes among others.

New European Branford Marsalis Tour Dates!
All appearances are with the Branford Marsalis Quartet unless otherwise noted

4.10.2012  Carthage, Tunisia Carthage 1 *
    *Marsalis/Calderazzo Duo
4.12.2012  Singen, Germany Stadthalle
4.14.2012  Dortmund, Germany Konzerthaus Dortmund
4.15.2012  Vienna, Austria Porgy & Bess
4.16.2012  Vienna, Austria Porgy & Bess
4.17.2012  Darmstadt, Germany Centralstation
4.18.2012  Cully, Switzerland Cully Jazz Festival
4.19.2012  Basel, Switzerland Basel Jazz Festival
4.21.2012  Wroclaw, Poland Impart Art Center
4.22.2012  Neuhardenberg, Germany Schloss Neuhardenberg

Upcoming U.S. Appearances
Branford Marsalis/Joey Calderazzo Duo Dates

3.22.2012  Southern Pines, NC Palustris Festival
3.23.2012  Houston, TX Hobby Center

Branford Marsalis Quartet Dates

3.25.2012  Arcata, CA Van Duzer Theatre
3.27.2012  Chico, CA Laxson Auditorium
3.29.2012  Napa, CA Napa Valley Opera House
3.31.2012  Las Vegas, NV Smith Center
4.1.2012  Tucson, AZ UA Centennial Hall

Branford Marsalis Classical Dates

5.19.2012  Purchase, NY Westchester Philharmonic
5.20.2012  Purchase, NY Westchester Philharmonic

Special thanks to all of our fans who have purchased limited edition prints of the Songs of Mirth and Melancholy cover art, tickets to Marsalis/Calderazzo duo performances, or copies of the album at

Warmest regards,
Marsalis Music