iTunes selects Branford Marsalis Quartet's Four MFs Playin' Tunes as the best instrumental jazz album of 2012.
Branford Marsalis receives honorary degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
With Chancellor Holden Thorp presiding at the ceremony, which took place at Kenan Stadium on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill, Branford Marsalis receives an honorary doctor of music degree.
Branford Marsalis performs the world premiere of Peter Aderhold’s Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra
Branford Marsalis joins the Frankfurter Opern – Und Museumsorchester orchestra and conductor Sebastian Weigle at the Alte Oper Frankfurt to premiere the Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra, a piece which composer Peter Aderhold has been commissioned to write.
Marsalis Music Presents: A Duo of Duos
Joining together for an inspired and intimate evening of saxophone/piano duo performances, Branford Marsalis performed both with his Quartet’s longtime pianist, Joey Calderazzo and childhood friend and fellow New Orleans native, Harry Connick, Jr. at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s beautiful Allen Room in New York City.
Branford Marsalis Receives North Carolina Arts Award
Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis, author Ron Rash and artist Vollis Simpson are among six recipients of the 2011 North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor, administered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
Branford Marsalis Quartet heads into the studio to record new album
For the first time since drummer Justin Faulkner joined the band, the Branford Marsalis Quartet heads into the studio to record a new album. Released in the summer of 2012 digitally and on CD, the album was also delivered on deluxe 180-gram high-definition vinyl for Record Store Day 2012.
Branford Marsalis composes music for the Katori Hall play “The Mountaintop”
Following the success of August Wilson’s “Fences,” Marsalis composes and scores the music for the 2011 Broadway premiere of “The Mountaintop,” a fictional depiction of the eve of Reverend Martin Luther King's assassination on April 4, 1968, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.