• 2016

    BMQ travels to Nairobi, Kenya to perform

    Branford and the quartet perform for the first time in Nairobi at the Safaricom Jazz Festival in February 2016. In addition to their concert, they had the opportunity to present a master class to local musicians and visit the Ghetto Classics Music Development Project, a community program that involves over 650 children in Korogocho where music education provides the youth with opportunities to better themselves and their community.

  • 2016

    Branford performs solo in Europe

    In support of his solo release In My Solitude: Live At Grace Cathedral, Branford embarks on a month-long tour of Germany and Swtizerland. Performing classically with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich to begin the tour, he then continued on to perform solo in cathedrals and churches throughout Germany and Swtizerland. The tour was interspersed with educational activites at some of the most prominent music iniversities in this region of Europe.

  • 2015

    BMQ is joined by Kurt Elling for warm-up dates and recording in New Orleans

    The Quartet rarely invites other musicians into the folds of their cohesive unit, but in December 2015, they were joined by guest-vocalist Kurt Elling for a weekend’s engagement at New Orleans’ Snug Harbor.  This culminated with three days in the studios of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music where, energized by the artistic promise of this collaboration, the musicians all contributed new arrangements to record with this special line-up. The result can be heard on their June 2016 release, Upward Spiral.

  • 2015

    Branford performs with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

    For the first time, Branford performs the John Adams' Saxophone Concerto with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Edwin Outwater. It was presented over two nights, first in Tokyo at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, followed by a concert in Hachioji at Olympus Hall Hachioji.

  • 2014

    In My Solitude: Live At Grace Cathedral released

    Branford's first solo album, In My Solitude: Live At Grace Cathedral, is released on October 27, 2014. Recorded live during Branford's solo performance at the historic Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, CA on October 5, 2012, this album marks the first release in a new partnership with Okeh Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music. The cathedral is the site of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts in the Sixties and, since 1983, home to recitals at the centerpiece of the annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, and proved an ideal setting for a program spanning early and post-bop jazz, baroque and contemporary classical music and spontaneous improvisation.

  • 2014

    Marsalis Well-Tempered

    Branford Marsalis joins the highly celebrated Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in Marsalis “Well-Tempered” on a 20-city US tour, performing Baroque masterpieces by Albinoni, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and others.

  • 2013

    Creative Director of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Ascent Series

    Branford Marsalis serves as the Creative Director for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Ascent Series during the 12-13 concert season. Branford visits Cincinnati two times during the season, once in November 2012 and the second in March 2013, for residency activites, educational workshops, special guest concerts, as well as two CSO subscription series concerts with the Orchestra.