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  Branford Marsalis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Branford Marsalis (August 26, 1960, Beaux Bridge, Louisiana) is an American jazz saxophonist.
He is the oldest of the six Marsalis brothers, four of whom are jazz musicians, as is their father Ellis Marsalis.
Branford is a Life Scout and his brother Wynton is an Eagle Scout.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Branford_Marsalis   (714 words)

 Branford Marsalis : Trio Jeepy <>
Branford Marsalis began his career on alto with Art Blakey in 1981 before switching to tenor and joining brother Wynton's neo-traditional group from 1982-1985.
Branford left his brother to record and tour with pop/rock star Sting, a move that drew criticism from the more serious and regimented Wynton.
Marsalis combines aggressive, free-leaning explorations with swing- and blues-based lines and bop-oriented flurries, a style that includes nearly all of jazz history.
www.inkblotmagazine.com /rev-archive/marsalis.htm   (497 words)

 Branford Marsalis - Biography - AOL Music
Branford toured with Herbie Hancock's V.S.O.P. in 1983 and recorded with Miles Davis (1984's Decoy).
Marsalis enjoyed playing with Sting but did not let the association cause him to forget his musical priorities.
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).
music.aol.com /artist/branford-marsalis/101637/biography   (443 words)

 Mixing Branford Marsalis Live-On Tour with Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis, renowned saxophonist and member of one of jazz's most beloved musical families, never seems to rest.
Marsalis' vision is to create a natural sound, so Hunter only adds “a taste of vocal plate on the piano” to open up and color specific verses.
Branford doesn't use monitors and he's so in tune with the house that he plays the mic really well.” In fact, the group is weaning themselves off of monitors, so there are only two monitor mixes, one for Revis and the other for Watts.
mixonline.com /livesound/tours/audio_branford_marsalis/index.html   (817 words)

 Branford Marsalis News
Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, along with his steady rhythm section of Joey Calderazzo, Eric Revis and Jeff Watts, showcases his abundant energy on 2006's Braggtown.
Branford Marsalis, Charlie Daniels, the Embers, Doc Watson, Nnenna Freelon, Katharine Whalen and other well-known musicians with North Carolina ties have donated music to a CD fundraiser, "N.C. In Tune."...
Braggtown HHH Branford Marsalis One of the joys of Branford Marsalis' long-running quartet is the thrill of hearing the level of shared virtuosity that has evolved between the saxophonist, pianist Joey...
www.topix.net /who/branford-marsalis   (627 words)

 Branford Marsalis Biography (Jazz Musician) — Infoplease.com
Branford is part of the musical Marsalis family, which includes his slightly-more-famous brother Wynton and slightly-less-famous father Ellis.
Branford is best known as a jazz saxophonist and bandleader, but has also made a splash in other genres: in 1985 he joined a backing band for rock star Sting (recording the album
Branford has sometimes been criticized in jazz circles for not being a purist in the vein of his brother Wynton.
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 Amazon.com: Braggtown: Music: Branford Marsalis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Tenor/soprano saxophonist Branford Marsalis is a master of the "burnout"--an intense but deliberate and focused style of jazz that has its roots in John Coltrane.
Marsalis also has a very limpid tone on the soprano, which although quite individual and unique, is not something that reaches out and grabs your attention.
The quartet is Branford Marsalis on saxophones, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Jeff Tain Watts on drums.
www.amazon.com /Braggtown-Branford-Marsalis/dp/B000GQLBQU   (1648 words)

 OPO Musician Bio - Branford Marsalis
Marsalis’ newest classical recording attests to the range and ambition of his restless talent, which has made him, raved Wes Phillips of onhifi.com, “an innovative jazz saxophonist who also happens to be a classical performer with phenomenal technique.”
Never one to stand still, Marsalis took the bold step of founding his own Marsalis Music label in 2002, as a means to ensure the uncompromising presentation of recorded creative music in a variety of genres.
Marsalis has also made his mark as a producer, working with such artists as Dávid Sanchez (whose albums Obsesión and Melaza were Grammy nominees for Best Latin Jazz Performance), Frank McComb and Joey Calderazzo.
www.orlandophil.org /bios/marsalis.shtml   (999 words)

 Branford Marsalis - Premiere Speakers Bureau
Branford Marsalis is an uncommon musician, however and Eternal is no ordinary ballad album.
Marsalis admits that it took a few years for this lesson to sink in, but he is not one for quick fixes." I’m a firm believer in process over product, and I think my ballad concept finally started to come together on stuff like `A Thousand Autumns’ [from his 1996 album The Dark Keys].
MARSALIS MUSIC is the creation of Branford Marsalis, one of the most celebrated jazz musicians of the past 20 years.
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 Creation - Branford Marsalis - Music Reviews
Branford Marsalis' second classical album -- released a yawning 15 years after his first -- is a far more successful project than its predecessor, dwelling entirely within the world of French music of the 20th century.
Thankfully, Marsalis doesn't have to rely too heavily upon transcriptions this time, choosing interesting, stimulating, often jazz-influenced works with a genuine saxophone part, and he has the expert backing of New York City's Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, who doesn't use a conductor and doesn't need one.
For Marsalis' fans, this album is also a rare opportunity to hear him on alto saxophone, along with soprano, and like his brother, Wynton, Branford Marsalis plays entirely and knowingly within the classical style, with one pardonable exception noted below.
www.mp3.com /albums/469800/reviews.html   (672 words)

 Branford Marsalis Quartet | Braggtown
You'll hear it in Marsalis’ keening, melismatic solo, where he seems to be shaking the notes from his horn as the band combusts alongside him in full burnout mode—but then, that intensity is nearly ubiquitous on Braggtown.
Marsalis’ punchy, adamant soprano style has always made him the soprano saxophonist of choice for those who find the straight horn too wimpy or florid, and his composition “Fate” is every bit as affecting and melodically memorably a soprano ballad as “Hope”—which is very strong praise.
Marsalis’ body of recorded music is immense, but this is one of his very best efforts.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=22992   (480 words)

 Loved Ones
Branford, to me, is the most creative and imaginative person playing music today." For his part, Branford was eager to work with his father.
Throughout his career, Branford Marsalis has blazed trails in all forms of music, from rock with Sting, the Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby, to progressive jazz in his solo albums.
They either worked or they didn't." Adds Branford, "I never made a romantic record before, but I have to admit, I'm pleased." A gracious musical conversation between a father and son, LOVED ONES is one for the ladies...
www.sonymusic.com /artists/EllisAndBranford   (719 words)

 Branford's New Venture > Rounder Records   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Marsalis' new label, Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Rounder Records, promises to be a showcase for the next generation of jazz greats.
Branford Marsalis' near infinite legato eighth notes are the stuff of legend.
Branford's spiraling sax is in some ways a mirror to his adventurous life.
www.macdirectory.com /music/Branford/Index.html   (1109 words)

 Branford Marsalis 'Braggtown' album - MusicRemedy
Marsalis chose to build Braggtown around the band’s strongest new material, with an emphasis on what he calls “high-energy burnouts.” To that end, the disc includes Marsalis’ “Jack Baker,” Revis’ “Black Elk Speaks” and Watts’ “Blakzilla” inspired by the theme from the classic Japanese sci-fi film Godzilla.
Completing the album is another new Marsalis composition, “Sir Roderick, the Aloof,” originally conceived as a soprano/piano duo before he realized that the iconoclastic theme could also accommodate the power of the full quartet.
Marsalis realizes that music so uncompromisingly honest in all of its moods goes against the high-concept, keep-it-simple trend in current jazz recording, but he is unconcerned.
www.musicremedy.com /b/Branford_Marsalis/album/Braggtown-2939.html   (962 words)

 Branford Marsalis Eternal
Branford steers his quartet through the emotional realms of the jazz ballad.
Branford Marsalis is an uncommon musician, however, and ETERNAL is no ordinary collection of ballads.
Marsalis admits that it took a few years for this lesson to sink in, but he is not one for quick fixes.
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 Branford Marsalis biography
Branford Marsalis was born in 1960 in New Orleans.
He was the oldest of six sons of jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis.
When Marsalis informed Sting that the best musicians he knows play jazz, Sting also brought on Kenny Kirkland (piano - also from Wynton's group), Darrell Jones (bassist from Miles Davis' group), and Omar Hakim on drums (from Weather Report).
airjudden.tripod.com /jazz/branfordmarsalis.html   (416 words)

 Amazon.com: Eternal: Music: Branford Marsalis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Branford Marsalis knew that his quartet had achieved a new level of eloquence when two listeners told him on separate occasions that a ballad by the band had made them cry.
Branford and company are fully engaged on this magnificent and beautiful collection of songs.
I am a Branford Marlsalis fan, so I confess that I like almost everything he does, but Eternal (both the album the 17 minute title track) is a leap into the ballad form that I did not expect.
www.amazon.com /Eternal-Branford-Marsalis/dp/B0002NRREW   (1429 words)

 Branford Marsalis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Marsalis, the newest member of the faculty, with a NCCU sweatshirt.
Marsalis is also dedicated to changing the future of jazz in the classroom.
Beyond these traditional avenues, Marsalis is bringing jazz to a wider audience and providing opportunities for college-aged musicians to interact with established players before live audiences through "Marsalis Jams," an educational initiative of his new label that held its first sessions at Smith College and the University of New Hampshire.
www.nccu.edu /campus/wncu/main_news_marsal.htm   (728 words)

 breath of life » PUBLIC ENEMY feat. Branford Marsalis / “Powersaxx”
Branford was probably attempting to contribute a harmonically and melodically coherent solo.
Branford also said he learned a lot from working with the Bomb Squad and was particularly complimentary of Eric Sadler, the least known of the four Bomb Squad (Chuck D, Hank and Keith Shocklee) members.
I imagine one of the reasons Branford thought John Gilmore on Powersax was because Gilmore had spent damn near his whole adult life learning discipline with Sun Ra and the Arkestra and as a result that education delivered freedom to Gilmore and those who heard the urgency of his tenor.
www.kalamu.com /bol/2005/08/14/64   (4972 words)

 Branford Marsalis | Braggtown
While other jazz groups are experimenting with a variety of artistic freedoms, including odd instruments, spoken word, hip-hop and electronica, Branford Marsalis and his quartet are staunch on the path of hard bopping, straightahead acoustic music.
The music is in fact a continuation of their past three recordings on the Marsalis Music label—Eternal (2004), Romare Bearden Revealed (2003) and Footsteps of Our Fathers (2002)—which are cognizant of the heritage of jazz, yet always press forward.
Marsalis has always had an interest in classical music, as evidenced on Creation (Sony, 1999), and here he pulls out an obscure gem, “O Solitude,” by the 17th Century composer Henry Purcell.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=22982   (484 words)

 Branford Marsalis - Biography
For the first time in 15 years, Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis has returned to classical music for his new Sony Classical recording Creation (SK 89251).
Marsalis’ new recording attests to the range and ambition of his restless talent, which has made him, raved the Chicago Tribune, “one of the premiere jazz saxophonists playing today.”
This spring, Marsalis will tour the U.S. with Orpheus, playing selections from Creation, reaffirming the remarkable reach of his musical interests, from pop to jazz to classical.
www.sonyclassical.com /artists/marsalis_branford/bio.html   (759 words)

 Branford Marsalis News - Page 2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Branford Marsalis gave a fiery interview to Bob Young of the Herald this week on the state of jazz.
Branford Marsalis: New Orleans jazz artists left homeless by Katrina are so grossly underpaid even Habitat for Humanity having tough time helping them Branford Marsalis: New Orleans jazz artists left homeless...
The 46-year-old saxophonist, who has made his name as a classical and jazz musician, is shaping the next generation of jazz by teaching it...
www.topix.net /who/branford-marsalis/page2   (908 words)

 Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis, now 40, has been in the spotlight for two decades now.
More significantly, the eldest Marsalis produced some of the most transcendent straight-ahead jazz of the last decade, starting with 1990’s Crazy People Music (Columbia) and ending with last year’s Requiem (Columbia).
Branford Marsalis plays Thu., Oct. 26, 8 p.m., at the Keswick Theatre, Easton Rd. and Keswick Ave., Glenside, 215-572-7650.
citypaper.net /articles/102600/mus.20q.shtml   (819 words)

 Branford Marsalis : Trio Jeepy - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
Branford Marsalis clearly had a lot of fun during this set.
On seven of the ten numbers included on the double LP (the CD reissue actually has one less selection), Marsalis romps on tenor and soprano in a trio with veteran bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts; the remaining three numbers have Delbert Felix in Hinton's place.
The performances are quite spontaneous (the occasional mistakes were purposely left in) and Marsalis really romps on such tunes as "Three Little Words," "Makin' Whoopee," and "Doxy." On the joyful outing that is also one of Branford Marsalis' most accessible recordings, Milt Hinton often steals the show.
www.artistdirect.com /nad/store/artist/album/0,,126691,00.html   (232 words)

 BERKLEE | Berklee News | The Renaissance Man/Branford Marsalis
Marsalis, dressed in jeans and a sweat shirt, appeared relaxed and at home on stage at his alma mater.
Marsalis' remarkably varied career has spanned TV stardom as The Tonight Show band director, pop music with Sting and the Grateful Dead, hip-hop with his own Buckshot LeFonque band, and jazz.
Marsalis emphasized the need to listen to yourself and work on problems areas in your playing.
www.berklee.edu /news/2002/03/branford.html   (953 words)

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