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.
Branford Marsalis is nominated for a 2010 Tony Award AND a 2010 Drama Desk Award for his participation in the Broadway revival of August Wilson's 'Fences.' The Tony Award is in the category of "Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre" and the Drama Desk Award, which Marsalis goes on to win, is in the category of "Outstanding Music in a Play."
Branford Marsalis Quartet perform in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand
The Branford Marsalis Quartet heads overseas to perform in Asian cities such as Tokyo, Japan, Nagoya, Japan, and Singapore, Malaysia. The group then travels to Subiaco, Melbourne, South Bank, and Sydney, Australia, before wrapping up the tour in Wellington, New Zealand.
Branford Marsalis performs Debussy’s “Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra,” Brahms’ “Spanish Lied” and Schubert’s “Du Bist Die Ruh” with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. Conducted by Kent Nagano.
Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo record their first duo album
After working together for over 10 years in the band setting, Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo head into the studio to recording their first duo album.
The NEW BMQ Embarks on a Month-Long European Tour
The NEW Branford Marsalis Quartet heads to Europe for a month-long tour, performing in locations such as Paris, France, Bucharest, Romania, Baku, Azerbijan, and Athens, Greece among others. The group just happened to be performing in Istanbul on Turkey's Independence Day -- October, 29th, where they were able to experience the beautiful celebration first hand.
Branford Marsalis Quartet Tours the US
The NEW Branford Marsalis Quartet, featuring young drummer Justin Faulkner, perform a select number of shows in the United States, including performances at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, before heading to Europe for a month-long tour.
Marsalis Music Stage at Newport Jazz Festival
Marsalis Music hosts its own stage at the 2009 Newport Jazz Festival. Marsalis Music artist Joey Calderazzo is joined by an ensemble from NCCU where he and Branford Marsalis teach, vocalist Claudia Acuña performs, as well as the Branford Marsalis/Joey Calderazzo duo. The NCCU Big Band wraps up the Marsalis Music stage lineup. These special performances were recorded for a delayed broadcast on NPR’s JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater.