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Tour Dates

03/01/2019Barbican Centre / London, UK
03/02/2019Klub Klimat / Bielsko-Biala, Poland
03/04/2019Prinzregententheater / Munich, Germany
03/05/2019Bela Bartok National Concert Hall / Budapest, Hungary
03/07/2019Konzerthaus Dortmund / Dortmund, Germany
03/08/2019Admiralspalast / Berlin, Germany
03/09/2019Elbphilharmonie / Hamburg, Germany
03/11/2019Brucknerhaus Linz / Linz, Austria
03/12/2019Konzerthaus / Vienna, Austria
03/13/2019Sono Music Club / Brno, Czech
03/15/2019Centro Cultural de Belem / Lisbon, Portugal
03/17/2019TivoliVredenburg Grote Zaal / Utrecht, Netherlands
03/18/2019Teatro Lope De Vega / Seville, Spain
03/28/2019DR Byen, Kulturvaerftet / Copenhagen, Denmark
03/29/2019DR Byen, Kulturvaerftet / Copenhagen, Denmark
04/02/2019Jazz St. Louis / St. Louis, MO
04/03/2019Jazz St. Louis / St. Louis, MO
04/04/2019Jazz St. Louis / St. Louis, MO
04/06/2019Indiana University Auditorium / Bloomington, IN
04/09/2019Overture Center for the Arts / Madison, WI
04/10/2019Grand Theater / Wausau, WI
04/11/2019Pabst Theater / Milwaukee, WI
04/12/2019Clowes Memorial Hall / Indianapolis, IN
04/13/2019Taft Theatre / Cincinnati, OH
04/23/2019Memorial Hall / Chapel Hill, NC
04/28/2019New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival / New Orleans, LA
05/09/2019Wollongong Town Hall / Wollongong, Australia
05/11/2019Llewellyn Hall / Canberra, Australia
05/12/2019Hamer Hall / Melbourne, Australia
05/13/2019Queensland Performing Arts Centre Hall / South Brisbane, Australia
05/15/2019Perth Concert Hall / Perth, Australia
05/18/2019City Recital Hall / Sydney, Australia
05/19/2019Opera House / Sydney, Australia
05/20/2019Hamer Hall / Melbourne, Australia
05/21/2019City Recital Hall / Sydney, Australia
05/22/2019City Recital Hall / Sydney, Australia
06/07/2019Shermerhorn Center / Nashville, TN

Branford Marsalis: Bio

Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. His first instrument, the clarinet, gave way to the alto and then the tenor and soprano saxophones when the teenage Branford began working in local bands. A growing fascination with jazz as he entered college gave him the basic tools to obtain his first major jobs, with trumpet legend Clark Terry and alongside Wynton in Art Blakey's legendary Jazz Messengers. When the brothers left to form the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, the world of uncompromising acoustic jazz was invigorated. Branford formed his own quartet in 1986 and, with a few minor interruptions in the early years, has sustained the unit as his primary means of expression. Known for the telepathic communication among its uncommonly consistent personnel, its deep book of original music replete with expressive melodies and provocative forms, and an unrivaled spirit in both live and recorded performances, the Branford Marsalis Quartet has long been recognized as the standard to which other ensembles of its kind must be measured. Its most recent recording, Four MFs Playin' Tunes, was named Best Instrumental Jazz Album in 2012 by iTunes.

Branford has not confined his music to the quartet context. In addition to guest turns with a legion of giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins, he has excelled in duets with several major pianists, including his boyhood friend Harry Connick, Jr. and the longtime pianist in his quartet, Joey Calderazzo. Branford's first solo concert, at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, is documented on his latest recording, In My Solitude. Branford formed the Marsalis Music label in 2002, and under his direction it has documented his own music, talented new stars such as Miguel Zenon, and neglected older masters including one of Branford's teachers, the late Alvin Batiste. Branford has also shared his knowledge as an educator, forming extended teaching relationships at Michigan State, San Francisco State and North Carolina Central Universities and conducting workshops at sites throughout the United States and the world.

Classical music inhabits a growing portion of Branford's musical universe. With a repertoire including works by Copland, Debussy, Glazunov, Ibert, Mahler, Milhaud, Rorem, Vaughn Williams, Villa‐Lobos and Sally Beamish (who reconceived a work in progress, "Under the Wing of the Rock," to feature Branford's saxophone after hearing him perform one of her earlier pieces), Branford is frequently heard with leading symphony orchestras including those in Chicago, Detroit, Dusseldorf and North Carolina as well as the New York Philharmonic. He also served as Creative Director for the Cincinnati Symphony's Ascent series in 2012‐13. 

Broadway has also welcomed Branford's contributions. His initial effort, original music for a revival of August Wilson's Fences, garnered a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play and a Tony nomination for Best Original Score Written for the Theater. Branford also provided music for The Mountaintop, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, and served as musical curator for the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun. Branford's screen credits include the original music for Mo' Better Blues and acting roles in School Daze and Throw Momma from the Train. 

As for other public stages, Branford spent a period touring with Sting, collaborated with the Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby, served as Musical Director of The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno and hosted National Public Radio's widely syndicated Jazz Set. The range and quality of these diverse activities established Branford as a familiar presence beyond the worlds of jazz and classical music, while his efforts to help heal and rebuild New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina mark him as an artist with an uncommonly effective social vision. Together with Harry Connick, Jr. and New Orleans Habitat for Humanity, Branford conceived and helped to realize The Musicians Village, a community in the Upper Ninth Ward that provides homes to the displaced families of musicians and other local residents. At the heart of The Musicians Village stands the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, a community center dedicated to preserving the rich New Orleans musical legacy containing state‐of‐the art spaces for performance, instruction and recording. 

Some might gauge Branford Marsalis's success by his numerous awards, including three Grammys and (together with his father and brothers) his citation as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. To Branford, however, these are only way stations along what continues to be one of the most fascinating and rewarding journeys in the world of music.

Branford Marsalis

In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral

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1 Who Needs It
2 Stardust
3 Improvisation No. 1
4 Sonata in A Minor for Oboe, Wq. 132: I. Poco adagio
5 The Moment I Recall Your Face
6 Improvisation No. 2
7 MAI, Op. 7
8 Improvisation No. 3
9 Improvisation No. 4
10 Blues For One
11 I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together
Branford Marsalis - Stardust
Masterclass by Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis continues to prove that there is no context too large or small to contain his gifts. One setting notably absent from Marsalis's resume until now has been the unaccompanied solo concert.  This most daunting of formats poses particular challenges that were met with his signature blend of serious intent, technical rigor and emotional directness when Marsalis brought his soprano, alto and tenor saxophones to Grace Cathedral on October 5, 2012.  This San Francisco landmark, the site of Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts in the Sixties and, since 1983, home to recitals at the centerpiece of the annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, proved an ideal setting for a program spanning early and post-bop jazz, baroque and contemporary classical music and spontaneous improvisation.  The results can be heard on In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral, the new album that Marsalis is releasing on his Marsalis Music via OKeh Records.

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