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Branford Marsalis has stayed the course. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to the jazz art, he has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, bandleader and educator – a 21st Century mainstay of artistic excellence.


Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. His first instrument, the clarinet, gave way to the alto and then the tenor and soprano saxophones when the teenage Branford began working in local bands. A growing fascination with jazz as he entered college gave him the basic tools to obtain his first major jobs, with trumpet legend Clark Terry and alongside Wynton in Art Blakey’s legendary Jazz Messengers. When the brothers left to form the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, the world of uncompromising acoustic jazz was invigorated. Branford formed his own quartet in 1986 and, with a few minor interruptions in the early years, has sustained the unit as his primary means of expression. Known for the telepathic communication among its uncommonly consistent personnel, its deep book of original music replete with expressive melodies and provocative forms, and an unrivaled spirit in both live and recorded performances, the Branford Marsalis Quartet has long been recognized as the standard to which other ensembles of its kind must be measured. Its most recent recording, Four MFs Playin’ Tunes, was named Best Instrumental Jazz Album in 2012 by iTunes.


Branford has not confined his music to the quartet context. In addition to guest turns with a legion of giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins, he has excelled in duets with several major pianists, including his boyhood friend Harry Connick, Jr. and the longtime pianist in his quartet, Joey Calderazzo. Branford formed the Marsalis Music label in 2002, and under his direction it has documented his own music, talented new stars such as Miguel Zenon, and neglected older masters including one of Branford’s teachers, the late Alvin Batiste. Branford has also shared his knowledge as an educator, forming extended teaching relationships at Michigan State, San Francisco State and North Carolina Central Universities and conducting workshops at sites throughout the United States and the world. To learn more about Branford please visit http://www.branfordmarsalis.com/








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Center Stage in South Carolina is accepting applications for crew and other backstage workers.  

Artists with skills in the following areas may apply:

1. Guest Director

2. Set Design

3. Production Team

4. Stage Musicians

Individuals who are interested in volunteering their skills in others areas can also submit their information for consideration.

For more details and/or to apply please visit the Center Stage website.


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864-233-6733

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Are you interested in the world of film and theatre? Are you looking to connect with other industry folks? Stage 32 is an international community made up of actors, directors, and other creative individuals.


To check out the organization click on the picture to the left.


Southern Documentary Fund

SDF has opportunities for documentary filmmakers.

Selected projects can receive $1,000 - $5,000 in grant money. Anyone interested should be at least 18 years old, must own the copyright of the project, and be a resident of the Southern United States or writing about the

South. Student film projects will not be considered. Films should have originality.

To learn more about grant opportunities click here.

Movie makers can also receive assistance through scholarships, artists convening, and monthly work-in-progress screening series.

For more details please visit the Southern Documentary Fund website.



 


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Are you seeking to increase your skill level through a college or university education?


The University of Mississippi awards Theatre Merit Scholarships to students who show promise on the state.


Scholarship opportunities are available for Stage Management,




Costume Design, Sound Design, Lighting Design,and Scenic Design .


The audition is a 2 day process beginning at 9:00 AM on Friday.


Audition Date:

February 15 & 16, 2019

March 29 & 30, 2019


For more details visit the Ole Miss Theatre website.


Artists are you looking for a place to connect with other artists?


Do you want space to share your creative thoughts and get insightful feedback?


The Asheville Area Arts Council may have what you need. The organization offers Artists Business Brainstorm


sessions to interested individuals. For details, visit the AAAC website.