Timeline

  • 2021
    July

    EMMY nomination for Tulsa Burning

    Branford receives an EMMY nomination for composing the music for the History Channel's documentary, Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre.

    He is nominated in the category of Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special (Original Dramatic Score) - 2021.

     

  • 2021
    July

    BMQ – back on the road in Europe

    After over a year hiatus due to the pandemic, the BMQ hits the road again for a European tour. The group makes stops in Tbilisi, Gdansk, Warsaw, Krakow, Nice, Perugia, Karlsruhe and Thessaloniki.

  • 2021
    March

    Branford composes score for Tulsa Burning documentary

    In March 2021, Branford writes and records the score for the May 2021 release of the History Channel’s documentary Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre.

  • 2020
    December

    Branford composes score and releases soundtrack for Netflix Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom featuring original music from Branford Marsalis, is out December 18, on Netflix. The film chronicles the life of "Mother of the Blues" Ma Rainey, and stars Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman in his final on-screen performance.

    The soundtrack, featuring original music from Branford Marsalis, is also released on December 18 (via Milan Records)

  • 2020
    November

    Branford and Wynton cover Town & Country

    Branford and his brother Wynton are featured on the cover of Town & Country magazine’s November issue. The issue discusses how the brothers are keeping New York’s jazz scene alive.

  • 2020
    September

    Branford and Harry perform at US Open Championship

    Branford and his friend Harry Connick, Jr. perform “America the Beautiful” live in Arthur Ashe Stadium prior to the 2020 US Open Men’s Singles Championship.

  • 2020
    April

    Branford’s father Ellis Marsalis passes on April 1, 2020

    In Branford’s statement on his father's passing, he says:
    It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my father, Ellis Marsalis Jr., as a result of complications from the Coronavirus. He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday and died peacefully this evening.

    My dad was a giant of a musician and teacher, but an even greater father. He poured everything he had into making us the best of what we could be.

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