Timeline

  • 2005
    December

    Branford Marsalis and dad, Ellis Marsalis, join Habitat to announce Musicians’ Village

    Habitat for Humanity and New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, worked with Harry Connick Jr., and Branford Marsalis, honorary chairs of the organization’s hurricane rebuilding program, Operation Home Delivery. They announced plans on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005 for a “Musicians’ Village” in the Crescent City. It was announced that The Musicians’ Village, conceived by Connick and Marsalis, will consist of Habitat-constructed homes for displaced New Orleans musicians. Its centerpiece is the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, dedicated to the education and development of homeowners and others who will live nearby.

  • 2005
    November

    A Duo Occasion is released

    Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis release the DVD Harry and Branford: A Duo Occasion. Filmed during the duo's world premiere performances of Occasion, this Marsalis Music release hit stores on November 14 in Europe and November 22 in the US.

  • 2005
    September

    New Orleans’ sons Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis helping Habitat

    New Orleans native and singer Harry Connick, Jr. agrees to be honorary chair of Habitat for Humanity’s “Operation Home Delivery,” a long-term rebuilding plan for families victimized by Hurricane Katrina in the Big Easy and along the Gulf Coast. Branford Marsalis, a Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist and fellow New Orleans native, also joined the team and agreed to be honorary chair of the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity efforts. The two have been friends since childhood, and Connick was a student of the Marsalis patriarch, Ellis Marsalis.

  • 2005
    June

    A Special Occasion

    Branford teams up with long-time friend and peer, Harry Connick, Jr., to record their first ever full-length duo album together. Recorded over a March 2005 weekend in North Carolina, Occasion is the exquisite result of two gifted and versatile musicians bringing out the best in each other. The new disc was released in mid-June 2005 by Marsalis Music. The live premiere of Occasion took place at the 25th Anniversary of the Ottawa Jazz Festival on Friday, June 24, 2005.

  • 2004
    November

    Branford Marsalis Quartet releases "A Love Supreme: Live In Amsterdam" DVD

    For Marsalis Music’s second DVD release, label founder Branford Marsalis and his quartet were captured in a complete performance of John Coltrane’s 1964 masterpiece “A Love Supreme.” This legendary suite, which tenor saxophonist Marsalis included on his label’s premier release, “Footsteps of Our Fathers,” was performed and recorded at Amsterdam’s Bimhuis during a European tour in March 2003.This legendary suite, which tenor saxophonist Marsalis included on his label’s premier release, Footsteps of Our Fathers, was performed at Amsterdam’s Bimhuis during a European tour in March 2003. This legendary suite, which tenor saxophonist Marsalis included on his label’s premier release, Footsteps of Our Fathers, was performed at Amsterdam’s Bimhuis during a European tour in March 2003.

  • 2004
    September

    Branford Marsalis Quartet releases Eternal, the third release from Marsalis Music. The album went on to earn a Grammy-Award nomination.

  • 2003
    September

    Branford Marsalis Quartet releases Romare Bearden Revealed

    Jazz musicians have frequently inspired and been inspired by visual artists; but the interchange has never been more direct and intense than on Romare Bearden Revealed, which was released by Marsalis Music on September 9, 2003. This disc, comprised entirely of newly recorded music, was produced by saxophonist Branford Marsalis in celebration of The Art of Romare Bearden, the major retrospective that opened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. on September 14, 2003 and subsequently traveled to museums in San Francisco, Dallas, New York and Atlanta during 2004 and 2005.

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