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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


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RAWartists in an international organization that supports all creative types. Their goal is to help new and experience artists through online and live events.

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Art Fairs

SDF has grant 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 be a resident of North Carolina or writing about North Carolina. Student film projects will not be considered.

Films must be 26 minutes in length and have originality.

For more details please visit the Southern Documentary Fund website.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling will hold art fairs across the United States. For a schedule of the Performing and Visual fairs visit the company’s website by clicking on the picture found above.

NAMP is back. The National Arts Marking Project Conference will be held this year in Austin, Texas. The event will take place November 11-14, 2016.

Creative minds wanting to learn more about how to get exposure for their project/company are invited to attend. Topics will include Audience Engagement and Fueling the Change in marketing.

Art Professionals who may need financial assistance to attend the event are in luck. Scholarship applications are now available in the following areas:

A. Emerging Leader Scholarships

B. Underserved Communities and Field Diversity Scholarships

C. Preconference Scholarships

**All applications must be received by end of day on July 20, 2016. For more details click here.

Are you interested in the film industry? Do you live in Florida? The Women in Film & Television Tampa Bay division is having a Sumertime Mix and Mingle event. New and experienced artists are welcome to attend.  

Also for the month of August, the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission is having a workshop on Producing. The event is Free and will include details on budgeting, contracts, financing, and more.

For more details on either event click here.

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Set Décor: Alice Through the Looking Glass….more

Ballerina Misty Copeland gets her own Barbie doll….more

Actors With Disabilities are ready, willing and able to take more roles...more

IADMS is an organization dedicated to keeping dancers in shape physically and mentally. The association develops and nurtures relationships between dance medicine and science professionals. Those individuals work together to create an international dialogue that’s intended to improve a dancer’s performance/ career.

To learn more about the group visit the IADMS website.

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