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The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration

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The Marsalis family--father Ellis on piano with sons Branford on tenor and soprano saxophones, Wynton on trumpet, Delfeayo on trombone, and Jason on drums--has put an indelible stamp on the world of jazz. One problem: they've never played together as a family. That changed in August 2001, when the University of New Orleans decided to mark Ellis' retirement as a teacher there, as well as the school's establishment of a chair in his name. ...

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The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration

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The First Family of Modern Jazz performed on August 4, 2001 at a concert hall in The Crescent City to mark the retirement of Ellis Marsalis from teaching duties at the University of New Orleans. Fortunately, the event was captured on tape.

As with most live performances, this celebration includes a fair amount of spontaneity along with tight ensemble partnerships. Branford’s “Cain and Abel” places his fluid tenor side by side with Wynton’s sparkling trumpet in a ...

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The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration

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The Marsalis family could arguably be called the first family of modern jazz. The name needs no introduction to people who know music, and in particular, jazz music. From the more recognizable names of Wynton and Branford, to the lesser known, but also talented siblings, Jason and Delfeayo; on August 4th 2001, the brothers aligned professional and personal schedules to honor, celebrate, and perform in a concert with their esteemed father: Ellis Marsalis.

A patriarch of gifted jazz musicians, Ellis ...