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Today’s Memory – Branford Marsalis – Amintirea de azi

Branford Marsalis

born August 26, 1960, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana


Branford Marsalis is an American saxophonist, composer, bandleader. While primarily known for his work in jazz as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he also performs frequently as a soloist with classical ensembles and has led the group Buckshot LeFonque.

He is the son of Dolores (née Ferdinand), a jazz singer and teacher, and Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr., a pianist and music professor. His brothers Jason Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, and Delfeayo Marsalis are also jazz musicians.

In mid-1980, while still a Berklee College of Music student, Marsalis toured Europe playing alto and baritone saxophone in a large ensemble led by drummer Art Blakey, later with Lionel Hampton and Clark Terry, and by the end of 1981 Brandford, on alto saxophone, had joined his brother Wynton in Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers live (1982) With: Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Bill Pierce, Donald Brown, Charles Fambrough

He sang with Sting and co-starred in the Spike Lee film School Daze.

Sting & Branford Marsalis – Consider me Gone (2011)

From 1992–1995, Branford was the leader of the Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Branford Marsalis on Late Night, (October 7, 1988)

The Branford Marsalis Quartet (1995–2007) has toured and recorded extensively, receiving a Grammy in 2001 for the album Contemporary Jazz. For two decades Marsalis was associated with Columbia, where he served as creative consultant and producer for jazz recordings between 1997–2001.

Branford Marsalis Quartet – In the Crease (Jazz sous les Pommiers 2009)

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr., working with the local Habitat for Humanity, created Musicians Village in New Orleans, with the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music the centerpiece. In 2012, Marsalis and Connick received the S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.

Under the direction of conductor Gil Jardim, Branford Marsalis and members of the Philharmonia Brasileira toured the United States in the fall of 2008, performing works by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, arranged for solo saxophone and orchestra. He and the members of his quartet joined the North Carolina Symphony, and on July 14, 2010, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic on Central Park’s Great Lawn.

The Second New York Philharmonic Concert in Central Park (July 14, 2010)

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Branford Marsalis

născut la 26 august 1960, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana


Branford Marsalis este un saxofonist, compozitor și șef de orchestră american, care provine dintr-o familie de muzicieni de jazz. În vara lui 1980, când încă era student la Berklee College of Music, Marsalis a sustinut un turneu in Europa, cântand la saxofon în orchestra bateristului Art Blakey.

Branford Marsalis Quartet (feat.Terence Blanchard) – Mo Better Blues (1990)

Începând cu albumul Creation din 2001, Brandford a fost din ce în ce mai influențat de muzica clasică. Mai mult, a susținut multe concerte alături de orchestre de muzică simfonică – Philharmonia Brasileira, North Carolina Symphony, New York Philharmonic, această perioadă culminând cu un turneu in Statele Unite alături de Philharmonia Brasileira.



Branford Marsalis – Full Concert (2009)


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