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Marsalis Brothers Tour

Wynton Marsalis no longer has a jazz record label, and Branford Marsalis (pictured) has started his own. It could be considered a sign of the turmoil that the jazz business is facing right now that two of its biggest stars are without major-label homes, or it could just be that these musicians are tired of all the politics involved with corporate labels and have decided to go it alone. Either way, the Marsalis brothers aren’t slowing down: Wynton has a classical album, All Rise, out now, and Branford’s first release on Marsalis Music is his own Footsteps of Our Fathers. Plus, they are teaming up in late February 2003 to perform seven concerts together.

Branford is touring throughout the fall behind Footsteps, which is a primarily a tribute to Sonny Rollins’ “Freedom Suite” and John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” The saxophonist then takes a break from the road through December and January, resuming his concert schedule on February 17 in Naples, Florida, before he and Wynton join together February 23, 2003, in Ottawa, Ontario’s National Arts Centre Theatre for the first of seven historic shows together.

Here’s the complete tour schedule:

September

16 – Northhampton, MA – Iron Horse

17 – Albany, NY – WAMC PAC

18 – Lennox Lounge – New York, NY

19 – New York, NY – Bottom Line

20 – Brooklyn, NY – B.A.M. Cafe (RESERVE NOW!)

27 – Sedona, AZ – Sedona Jazz On The Rocks

30 – San Cruz, CA – Kuumbwa Jazz Center

October

01 – Seattle, WA – Jazz Alley

02 – Seattle, WA – Jazz Alley

03 – Seattle, WA – Jazz Alley

04 – Seattle, WA – Jazz Alley

05 – Seattle, WA – Jazz Alley

06 – Seattle, WA – Jazz Alley

08 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theatre

09 – Colorado Springs, CO – 32 Bleu

10 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theatre

13 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School

14 – Chicago, IL – Green Mill

15 – Chicago, IL – Park West

16 – Sewanee, TN – University of the South

18 – Brookville, NY – Tilles Center for the Perf Arts

19 – Peekskill, NY – Paramount Center for the Arts

26 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic Auditorium (co-bill w/ Wayne Shorter)

November

15 – Ann Arbor, MI – Brighton Center for the Arts

16 – Washington DC – Blues Alley

17 – Washington DC – Blues Alley

18 – Washington DC – Blues Alley

19 – Washington DC – Blues Alley

20 – Boston, MA – Berklee PAC

February

17 – Naples, FL – Philharmonic Center for the Arts
All of the following dates are with Wynton Marsalis

23 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre Theatre

24 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall

25 – Montreal, QC – Place des Arts

27 – Schenectady, NY – Proctor’s Theatre

March

01 – Newark, NJ – New Jersey Performing Arts Center

02 – Philadelphia, PA – Verizon Hall @ Kimmel Center

03 – Boston, MA – Symphony Hall

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