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Branford Marsalis Assumes Artistic Director Role at Ellis Marsalis Center for Music 

The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music (EMCM) in the upper Ninth Ward is proud to announce the homecoming of the renowned saxophonist and composer Branford Marsalis. In addition to a distinguished career that continues to span performances worldwide with both his quartet and as a featured classical soloist, and his work as a composer for films, television and Broadway, Branford will now assume the prestigious role of Artistic Director at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. Established in 2012, the Center uses music as the focal point of a holistic strategy to build a healthy community and deliver a broad range of services to underserved children, youth, and musicians from neighborhoods battling poverty and social injustice.

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EMCM Names Lisa Dabney as Executive Director

"As the daughter of a musician, the Center's work resonates deeply with me," said Lisa. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Center's committed staff and board, harnessing the power of music and culture to deliver the highest-quality programs and services to our community."

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Nonesuch Releases Randy Newman’s “Stay Away”: Proceeds from sales and streaming will benefit New Orleans’ Ellis Marsalis Center

Randy Newman’s new song, “Stay Away,” written as a PSA about COVID-19 safety for his local Southern California public radio station KPCC, is available to purchase digitally today, April 17, 2020, via the Nonesuch Store and iTunes; it is also streaming at Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and other services.

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Ellis Marsalis Center in the News

Nurturing New Orleans Artists at The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music

Author ALY SEMIGRAN, CONTENT SPECIALIST In the weeks following the devastation Hurricane Katrina left nearly twenty years ago, it was hard to know what would become of the beloved City of New Orleans and the hundreds of thousands of people who called it home. In addition to the wide-sweeping destruction, the loss of...

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With debut album on the horizon, Troy Sawyer and the Elementz play Ellis Marsalis Center on July 11

Sawyer grew up in Uptown and comes from a line of musicians — his great-grandfather, Louis D. James, played with Buddy Bolden and Sawyer is cousins with Leon Bridges. He picked up the trumpet at 9, and over the years has shared stages with Wynton Marsalis, Lalah Hathaway and Harry...

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$30 a semester for fall afterschool music education program at Ellis Marsalis Center

At the heart of the Center's mission is the fundamental belief that music has the power to transform young lives Lisa Dabney Ellis Marsalis Center for Music Executive Director said.

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