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World Renowned Branford Marsalis Quartet Releases 'Metamorphosen' March 17

March 1st, 2009 6:00pm EST
Branford Marsalis
After releasing the "dynamic" and "passionate" (Jazz Times) Braggtown in 2006, the multiple Grammy-nominated Branford Marsalis Quartet toured worldwide for two years before returning to the recording studio. The result, a nine track masterpiece, is one of the band's strongest and most broadly appealing albums to date. Metamorphosen is scheduled to be released on the saxophonist's Marsalis Music label March 17, 2009.

The album title, which is German for "metamorphoses," was chosen to emphasize the growth and development of the quartet and each individual member. "We've all been pract...
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Spike Lee's Best & Not-So-Best Films

August 11th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Spike Lee
It's difficult to rank the films of Spike Lee in order of best to worst because, quite frankly, the auteur hasn't really made a horrible film. With nearly 20 feature films under his belt and more to come (his upcoming WWII film looks promising) Lee has of course put out his share of minor works, but even the projects that failed still had enough of the director's signature characteristics-fascinating characters, intriguing dialogue, and race relation undertones-and ultimately are merely cinematic experiments gone wrong. Consider this a list of best and minor works of one of America's finest...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 26

August 26th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Thalia
Happy Birthday to "Akeelah and the Bee" actress Keke Palmer (1993), "Home Alone" star Macaulay Culkin (1980), Mexican singer/actress Thalia (1971), "Gilmore Girls" actress Melissa McCarthy (1969), Garbage singer Shirley Manson (1966), saxophonist Branford Marsalis (1960), actor Brett Cullen (1956), "Waterworld" actor Michael Jeter (1952; d. 2003), and Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker (1944).
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Kenny G Is Named Top Golf-Mad Musician

October 31st, 2006 1:42pm EST
Kenny G
Golf is gripping musicians so feverishly these days that rappers, rockers, pop and country stars are all teeing it up. Golf Digest's December issue identifies this diverse group of golf-mad musicians with its ranking of the "Top 100 in Music." Kenny G, with a plus-0.6 Handicap Index (he not only matches but occasionally scores better than par), is the No. 1 musician in the ranking.

A club champion at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., he plays a lot of his golf with actor Craig T. Nelson. During high school in Seattle, Kenny G. made the golf team but not the jazz band whe...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 26

August 26th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Thalia
Happy Birthday to "Akeelah and the Bee" actress Keke Palmer (1993), "Home Alone" star Macaulay Culkin (1980), Mexican singer/actress Thalia (1971), "Gilmore Girls" actress Melissa McCarthy (1969), Garbage singer Shirley Manson (1966), saxophonist Branford Marsalis (1960), actor Brett Cullen (1956), "Waterworld" actor Michael Jeter (1952; d. 2003), and Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker (1944).
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Bruce Hornsby Releases 5-Disc Box Set

August 2nd, 2006 11:05am EDT
Bruce Hornsby
Bruce Hornsby is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his breakthrough debut album with the 5-disc box set, “Intersections 1985-2005.” The collection arrives as Bruce Hornsby and his band The Noisemakers are in the midst of their 2006 summer U.S. tour.

The career-spanning collection, comprising four CDs (totaling 53 tracks, 26 of them previously unreleased on CD) and one DVD (with 23 clips, 21 of them previously unreleased on DVD), arrived in stores July 25. “Bruce Hornsby: Intersections 1985-2005” includes a full-color booklet, spiced up by Hornsby's provocative and witty track-by-trac...
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Dave Matthews Band Asks for Contributions for New Orleans Habitat Musicians Village

April 26th, 2006 12:32pm EDT
Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews Band announced today that it has issued a $1.5 million challenge grant to help build the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village. The Village is a Habitat for Humanity project that seeks to build more than 300 homes in the city's Upper Ninth Ward with musicians and other New Orleanians who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

The New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village was conceived by Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr., honorary chairs of Habitat for Humanity's hurricane rebuilding program Operation Home Delivery. The Village will consist of Habitat-constructed homes ...
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Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis Help New Orleans Musicians

December 2nd, 2005 3:20pm EST
Harry Connick, Jr.
Since hurricanes Katrina and Rita forced many musicians to flee New Orleans, the jazz, blues and Dixieland that was the city's musical score have been harder to find, as have the musicians who seek to return, but, like so many, have no place to go. Habitat for Humanity and New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, working with Harry Connick Jr., and Branford Marsalis seek to change that, announcing plans Tuesday, Dec. 6, for a "Musicians' Village" in the Crescent City.

The Musicians' Village, conceived by Connick and Marsalis, will consist of Habitat-constructed homes for displaced New Or...
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Harry Connick Jr.'s Busy Holidays

November 18th, 2005 9:01am EST
Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick, Jr. has a full slate of activities planned leading up to Christmas this year. Last night marked Connick's and Branford Marsalis' UK performance debut of music from the critically acclaimed Marsalis Music album 'Occasion (Connick On Piano Vol. 2)' (click for review). The duo is set to perform again at the Marsalis Music showcase as part of the London Jazz Festival again tomorrow night at the Shaw Theatre.

Of the album, The Associated Press' Charlie Gans wrote, "Connick demonstrates an almost encyclopedic knowledge of jazz piano styles [and] reveals his talents as a jazz c...
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