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Branford Marsalis Quartet

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  • Born: Breaux Bridge, LA
  • Years Active: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: http://www.marsalismusic.com
  • Recent Activity: 11.22.16 RT @HarryConnickJR: what an honor to perform with my mentor ellis marsalis and the great @bmarsalis on "stardust" https://t.co/ArXTbdaPo0 #…
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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

The oldest of the four musical Marsalis brothers, Branford Marsalis has had an impressive career. After studying at Southern University and Berklee, Branford toured Europe with the Art Blakey big band in the summer of 1980 (playing baritone), played three months with Clark Terry, and then spent five months playing alto with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1981). He mostly played tenor and soprano while with Wynton Marsalis' influential group (1982-1985), at first sounding most influenced by Wayne Shorter but leaning more toward John Coltrane at the end. The musical telepathy between the two brothers (who helped to revive the sound of the mid-'60s Miles Davis Quintet) was sometimes astounding. Branford toured with Herbie Hancock's V.S.O.P. II. in 1983 and recorded with Miles Davis (1984's Decoy). In 1985, when he left Wynton to join Sting's pop/rock group, it caused a major (if temporary) rift with his brother that made headlines. Marsalis enjoyed playing with Sting but did not let the association cause him to forget his musical priorities. By 1986, he was leading his own group which eventually consisted of pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Bob Hurst, and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts; sometimes the band was a piano-less trio that really allowed Marsalis to stretch out. After a couple of film appearances (in School Daze and Throw Mama from the Train), Branford Marsalis became even more of a celebrity when he joined Jay Leno's Tonight Show as the musical director in 1992. However, being cast in the role of Leno's sidekick rubbed against Marsalis' temperament and after two years he had had enough. Branford Marsalis, who attempted to mix together hip-hop and jazz in his erratic Buckshot LeFonque project, has recorded steadily for Columbia ever since 1983 (including a classical set). In 2002, having left Columbia, Marsalis formed his own label Marsalis Music. Intended as a true independent label focused on supporting the development of musicians, Marsalis Music has released albums by such diverse artists as guitarist/vocalist Doug Wamble, pianist/vocalist Harry Connick, Jr., saxophonist Miguel Zenón, and others. Marsalis himself also kept busy releasing a handful of albums on the label including Footsteps of Our Fathers, which featured his take on the classic John Coltrane composition "A Love Supreme" in 2002, Romare Bearden Revealed in 2003, Eternal in 2004, Braggtown in 2006, and Metamorphosen in 2009. In 2011, Marsalis delivered the duo album Songs of Mirth and Melancholy featuring pianist Joey Calderazzo. In the spring of 2012, the Marsalis quartet -- Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and the young drummer Jason Faulkner -- released Four MF's Playin Tunes. Marsalis also played a solo saxophone concert at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral in October of that that year. Two years and three weeks later it was released as In My Solitude: Live At Grace Cathedral by Okeh.

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  • 11.22.16 RT @HarryConnickJR: what an honor to perform with my mentor ellis marsalis and the great @bmarsalis on "stardust" https://t.co/ArXTbdaPo0 #…
  • 10.14.16 RT @atownsymphony: Did you buy your tickets for tomorrow or Sunday? Hurry and get them now! https://t.co/sFfp4yHaoB Call the Box Office: 61…
  • 09.23.16 RT @Wolf_Trap: Coming soon: Jazz at The Barns! See @ddbprods, @Thebadplus, @bmarsalis Quartet w/ Kurt Elling this season! https://t.co/hnw3…
  • 09.22.16 RT @peacecenter: Happy #MusicMonday! 🎷 @bmarsalis & Kurt Elling discuss creating melody and movement together. Hear them live Oct 4. https…
  • 09.09.16 The @bmarsalis 4tet w/ special guest #kurtelling will see you next week @SmithCenterLV, @BYUarts, @MontereyJazz ! https://t.co/ZPwHj3sIuv
  • 08.26.16 Happy Birthday to @bmarsalis !! https://t.co/RpxvhYRBwH
  • 07.19.16 RT @StLJazzNotes: Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling to perform January 24 & 25 at Jazz at the Bistro: https://t.co/6bpfEUwndI https://t.co/V0M…
  • 07.18.16 RT @jazzinua: Branford Marsalis Quartet & Kurt Elling @ Alfa Jazz Fest 2016 @tarasok © photo #alfajazzfest2016 #alfajazzfest https://t.co/q…
  • 07.15.16 RT @CAP_UCLA: Single tickets are on sale now for all 2016-17 events! Available online https://t.co/3MepjcCI2S & at @uclaCTO https://t.co/IP…
  • 07.13.16 RT @areamusicami: Il concerto di stasera con #BranfordMarsalis feat #KurtElling è spostato a #TeatroLeonardo https://t.co/kwjEx0kNz7 https:…
  • 07.11.16 RT @MusicOnVinyl: Branford Marsalis is currently on tour in support of his new album Upward Spiral. The albu… https://t.co/Pyw95pNNJU https…
  • 06.29.16 RT @ITnewsMI: Branford Marsalis e Kurt Elling al Festival del Jazz di Milano - askanews https://t.co/c44ASQOsjX #Milano #news