The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration - - What The Critics Say

Date: 08.05.2003
Publication: Marsalis Music

“For the past 20 years, the name Marsalis has been synonymous with jazz.”
Steve Jones, USA Today

“Form meets tradition, creativity trumps familiarity and blood runs thicker than water on this concert commemorating the ‘debut’ of the multitalented Marsalis family band.”
Fred Bouchard, Down Beat

“Ellis Marsalis – pianist, jazz educator, sire of champions…”
Doug Ramsey, JazzTimes

“…a celebration of Marsalis family tradition and mainstream jazz convention.”
Larry Blumenfeld, Entertainment Weekly

“…it’s all in honor of a man who literally fathered a jazz renaissance.”
Eugene Holley, VIBE

“…crisp and competent, full of nuance and a bright, ebullient sense of swing.”
Tom Moon, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Family reunions just don’t get better than this – the first time pianist Ellis Marsalis and his four prodigiously talented sons have recorded together. Here’s hoping that this isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime deal.”
Glenn Whipp, LA Daily News

“The music in duet, quartet and sextet settings, is polished, clever and sophisticated…”
Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star

“The concert speaks volumes to the tremendous talent and scope the family possesses. The pieces range in style and group settings, yet each is marked with exceptional musicianship that has become the Marsalis trademark.”
Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz

“Would that all families had a comparable opportunity to use music as a means for celebration and communication.”
Don Williamson,

Submitted by Josh on August 5th, 2003 — 12:00am