Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo release their first duo album, Songs of Mirth and Melancholy, after working together in the band setting for over ten years. The duo took the stage at Koerner Hall in Toronto, Ontario to present the world premiere of this project at the 2011 TD Toronto Jazz Festival on June 29, 2011.
Branford joins the Basque National Orchestra in San Sebastián and Bilbao, Spain for a series of performances. Conducted by Andrey Boreyko, Marsalis and the Orchestra performed Glazunov’s “Concert for Saxophone and Orchestra” and Schulhoff’s “Jazz Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra.”
The official release date for Sting's new CD and DVD Live In Berlin. Branford Marsalis performs on several of the songs including "Englishman In New York," "Desert Rose," and "Mad About You."
Branford Marsalis begins select US performances with trumpeter Terence Blanchard on October 1st and 2nd at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York, NY and continues with performances through the spring of 2012.
Recorded at a live concert in Washington, DC honoring the family’s patriarch and the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Ellis Marsalis, The Marsalis Family, releases Music Redeems. All proceeds from the sale of the album will go to educational programming at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in the Musicians’ Village of New Orleans.
Branford Marsalis makes his debut with the New York Philharmonic
Making his debut with the New York Philharmonic, Branford Marsalis performed on the Great Lawn of Central Park alongside conductor Andrey Boreyko. Performing Glazunov’s “Concerto for Alto Saxophone” and Schulhoff’s “Hot-Sonate for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra,” Marsalis performed the same program again with the New York Philharmonic in Vail, CO later during the summer and then at Lincoln Center in New York, NY the following February.
It is announced that The Marsalis Family (Ellis, Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason) is a recipient of the 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. This is the nation's highest honor in jazz and the first time that it is awarded to a family.