New Orleans native and NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis got his professional start with Clark Terry and brother Wynton Marsalis in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In 1986 Branford formed the Branford Marsalis Quartet, adding guest vocalist Kurt Elling. Their first album, Upward Spiral, was nominated for a 2017 Grammy. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Marsalis partnered with Harry Connick Jr. to found the Musicians’ Village in New Orleans—a place where artists could work to preserve and reconstruct their beloved community.
This program is generously supported by the Koret Foundation. The Koret Jazz Project is a multiyear initiative to support, expand, and celebrate the role of jazz in the artistic and educational programming of Stanford Live.