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Jazz for Hollywood: Branford Marsalis and Laura Karpman

Read "Jazz for Hollywood: Branford Marsalis and Laura Karpman" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This time we are focusing on jazz-infused soundtracks that received Academy Awards nominations for Best Original Score in a Feature Film, because jazz does a great job a propelling a movie story forward. Kudos to Laura Karpman, the composer of the soundtrack for American Fiction and Branford Marsalis for the soundtrack of Rustin, two scores that have a life of their own even without the images they were was meant to accompany.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo ...

In Pictures

A Celebration of Excellence and Musical Diversity at Day one at the 2023 Newport Jazz Festival

Read "A Celebration of Excellence and Musical Diversity at Day one at the 2023 Newport Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Day 1 | Day 2 | Part 3The Newport Jazz Festival is one of the planet's most fabled and celebrated jazz festivals and it has been towards the top of my bucket list for a very long time. I have attended jazz festivals for almost 40 years since my youth and finally made it to Newport on its 68th anniversary. It was magnificent--a peak lifetime musical experience. Over the festival's three-day span, I was an ecstatic whirlwind, photographing ...

Live Review

Branford Marsalis at the Knight Theater

Read "Branford Marsalis at the Knight Theater" reviewed by K. Shackelford

Branford MarsalisRomare Bearden Revealed Knight Theater Charlotte, North CarolinaMay 16, 2023 On September 3, 2003, Grammy Award winning saxophonist, Branford Marsalis released Romare Bearden Revealed. The album was a collaborative effort with the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The gallery's exhibit, The Art of Romare Bearden, was a homage to Bearden (1911-1983), whose birthplace is Charlotte, North Carolina. The City of Charlotte also named a park after Bearden in 2013, located ...

Album Review

Delfeayo Marsalis Uptown Jazz Orchestra: Uptown on Mardi Gras Day

Read "Uptown on Mardi Gras Day" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though New Orleans' lively and colorful holiday festival is the focal point of trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis' Uptown Jazz Orchestra's latest recording, this is an album that can be heard and appreciated at any time of the year, as there is never a day when pleasure and happiness aren't in style. Delfeayo, a member of the multi-talented Marsalis family from New Orleans that includes brothers Branford (who is a guest artist on two tracks), trumpeter Wynton and ...

Radio & Podcasts

Tenor Titans: Branford Marsalis

Read "Tenor Titans: Branford Marsalis" reviewed by Russell Perry

Branford Marsalis, tenor and soprano saxophone maestro and member of the important musical clan, emerged forty years ago in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and as a sideman in his brother Wynton's early endeavors. For thirty years, the primary vehicle for his own releases has been predominantly the sax-piano-bass-drums quartet but recently he has produced work in a duo with long-time collaborator, pianist Joey Calderazzo. He continues to also flourish in outside projects with other jazz leaders. The final of four ...

Live Review

Branford Marsalis at The Ohio Theatre

Read "Branford Marsalis at The Ohio Theatre" reviewed by Matt Hooke

Branford Marsalis Quartet Ohio Theatre Cleveland, Ohio October 10, 2019Branford Marsalis is a jazz chameleon. Few saxophonists could go from playing his brother Wynton's straight-ahead outfit to pursing cross over opportunities with pop-star Sting and hip-hop legend Guru to now making music with Gabriel Prokofiev, the great-grandson of pioneering Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.On October 10 at the Ohio Theatre, all these experiences came together for an experience that did not ...

Album Review

The Branford Marsalis Quartet: The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul

Read "The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It was back in 2012 when the last quartet-only recording Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music) was released. So give more room on the floor to the evil toys dancing their pants off to the pure, wild, free-styling surge of “Dance of the Evil Toys," the killer, lead-off track to the Branford Marsalis Quartet's first full release in seven years, The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul. After touring with Sting, and in support of {[Kurt Elling}} ...


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