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  • Interview: Ellis and Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on March 26th, 2014 in Profiles & Interviews

    Ellis Marsalis, Jr. — the paterfamilias of the jazz-playing Marsalis clan — says he was “never big on family bands.” Maybe that’s why even after the Marsalis family performed together for the first time during a retirement celebration for Ellis in 2001, they still don’t play as a family all that often. The sole date on their online schedule is their Clowes Hall show. And then they’ll go their separate ways: Wynton with his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; Ellis, Branford and Jason with their respective quartets; Delfeayo with the Uptown Jazz Orchestra; spoken word artist Ellis III to wherever it is that he issues his oracular judgments on American life (Wynton will have more on that in a minute).   Keep reading »

  • An Unforgettable Evening With Wynton Marsalis, Family And Friends

    Posted on October 23rd, 2012 in Review

    It was obvious when Mr. Ellis Marsalis took a seat in the center of a sold-out audience last night at Loyola’s Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall that the evening would be a special one. No one could have guessed that the performance by his son, Wynton, would turn into the once-in-a-lifetime event it became. The younger Marsalis, 51, performing as part of Loyola University’s Presidential Centennial Guest Series, opened the set with his composition “Free to Be.” Accompanying the nine-time Grammy-winning trumpeter and Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center was a world-class ensemble featuring Loyola alum Victor Goines (clarinet and saxophone), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Ali Jackson (drums), and Dan Nimmer (piano), who traded solos to resounding applause. Marsalis was thoughtful and gracious, grabbing a towel at stage left for Jackson, and musing at length on the importance of his upbringing, and the basic values of integrity and equality instilled in him by his father.   Keep reading »

  • Team Marsalis: All in The Family

    Posted on April 15th, 2011 in Profiles & Interviews

    Jason Marsalis looks serious as he fiddles with his drum sticks at Manhattan’s Apple Store. He’s sitting at his trap set, paces away from his dad, pianist Ellis, getting ready to hit. But then again, Jason often looks serious. Perhaps the snap he brings to his music demands it ... or perhaps not. As the father and son start to ignite with bassist Jason Stewart, the drummer begins to get his grin on. The spry way he delivers his swing pretty much demands a smile or two. Goading his dad’s glide over the keys, he helps bring an elan to the room. The Marsalises have a way of quickly connecting.   Keep reading »

  • National Endowment for the Arts Announces Live Webcast of 2011

    Posted on January 5th, 2011 in Concerts

    NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert on January 11, 2011 The Awards Ceremony & Concert will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a program dedicated to the honorees’ works; honorees Mr. Liebman, Mr. Laws, and the Marsalis Family will perform. The evening also will feature a special performance by Roberta Gambarini and others in honor of the Jazz Masters who have passed away in the last year: Hank Jones, Abbey Lincoln, James Moody, and Dr. Billy Taylor.   Keep reading »

  • Iconic Marsalis Family To Release A Live Album, “Music Redeems”, Recorded Live at Kennedy Center

    Posted on August 24th, 2010 in Music

    Marsalis Music and Redeye distribution are proud to announce the release of a rare new album by New Orleans’ own Marsalis family August 24, 2010 entitled “Music Redeems.” One of the most famous New Orleans’ multigenerational jazz families gathered together last June at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for a very special evening of celebration, appreciation, and performances as Patriarch, Ellis Marsalis received The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.   Keep reading »

  • Ellis Marsalis and Sons Plan Rare Family Performance at Jazz Festival

    Posted on June 12th, 2009 in Profiles & Interviews

    Except in their living room back home in New Orleans, there have been only a few times when the entire Marsalis family has gathered in one spot to make music together. On Monday, Ellis Marsalis—the father and guiding spirit of America’s first family of jazz—and his four music-playing sons will appear at the Kennedy Center for their first joint appearance in Washington.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Opening Gala

    Posted on October 18th, 2004 in Review

    In a companion broadcast with PBS, NPR presents “One Family of Jazz” — the opening-night gala concerts at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, a new state-of-the art home for jazz in the Time Warner building on New York’s Columbus Circle.   Keep reading »

  • The Marsalis family on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

    Posted on June 9th, 2003 in News

    Wynton and his family will appear on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, tonight June 9, 2003. They will perform “Twelve’s It” from their new CD.   Keep reading »

  • DVD version of “Marsalis family” in stores now

    Posted on April 8th, 2003 in Music

    The Marsalis Family recorded together for the first time ever, at University of New Orleans on August 2001. Featuring Ellis on piano, and his sons Branford (saxophones), Delfeayo (trombone), Jason (drums) and Wynton (trumpet). Plus bassist Roland Guerin, and a special guest appearance by Harry Connick Jr.   Keep reading »

  • Working Together, Taking Different Roads

    Posted on March 6th, 2003 in Review

    It’s true: the Marsalises have been overexposed to the ends of the earth. One might have looked at the enormous profile on Wynton Marsalis in the current issue of The Atlantic Monthly, noticed the recent PBS special about the family, then seen a full-family concert coming up and rightly wondered why nobody else in jazz was apparently worth paying attention to.   Keep reading »