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Branford Marsalis

Down the Mississippi to New Orleans

About Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis is a renowned jazz and classical saxophonist, three-time Grammy winner, and a member of one of America’s most distinguished musical families. He is the founder of the Branford Marsalis Quartet and Marsalis Music, a company he created to record the music of promising new artists and long-time jazz musicians. He has been a frequent guest soloist with chamber and symphony orchestras and has performed with legendary jazz musicians Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, and Herbie Hancock. After Hurricane Katrina, he and Harry Connick, Jr. joined with Habitat for Humanity to construct a Musicians’ Village in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward.

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The Town Hall Forum will broadcast on this page of the website, and also on our Facebook page. It will also be archived here for future viewing!


Forums will NOT be live broadcast on MPR this fall. Instead, MPR will present the entire fall season of the Town Hall Forum as a special week of programs, November 29 – December 2 each day at 11 a.m. You can still listen/watch live here on our website.