Perfect harmony: Marsalis family to tour

New York, Philadelphia, Boston included in 5-date event

The Marsalises, recognized as the first family of jazz, will open a rare tour together at the Place des Arts in Montreal on Feb. 25.

The five-date tour featuring Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, Jason and Ellis Marsalis will include stops at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady, N.Y., on Feb. 27; New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J. (March 1); Verizon Hall at Kimmel Center in Philadelphia (March 2); and Symphony Hall in Boston (March 3).

Branford Marsalis, the former “Tonight Show” bandleader, is touring on his own up to the family dates in support of his first album for his own Marsalis Music label, “Footsteps of Our Fathers,” which is distributed by Rounder Records.

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is without a contract for jazz recordings, though he continues to record for Sony Classical. Sony Oct. 1 will release “All Rise,” his epic work recorded a year ago at the Hollywood Bowl with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. (Trombonist Delfeayo, drummer Jason and their pianist father Ellis are also unsigned.)

Wynton continues to lead the Jazz at Lincoln Center program, which opens its season — titled “Year of the Drum” — Sept. 20-21 with an Art Blakey program at Gotham’s Alice Tully Hall. Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will tour Japan in October, performing 13 concerts in seven cities including Tokyo, Osaka and Hiroshima.

The LCJO will finish its 10th anniversary tour after the family gigs, playing the Midwest and mid-Atlantic states between March 25 and May 2-3 dates at Columbia U. and May 19 at Avery Fisher Hall.

Marsalis and the orchestra also are inked for a Valentine’s Day concert at the Supper Club with Feb. 13 and 15 shows at Alice Tully Hall.

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