July 24, 2012 - This year's Gathering of the Vibes, the 17th of these multi-day showcases originally conceived by promoter Ken Hays as a way to remember and memorialize the late Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia, was a triumph of sorts--while not without a few disappointments.
September 25, 2009 - For New Orleans native and Grammy Award winner Branford Marsalis, becoming a jazz musician was almost a foregone conclusion. Alongside siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason, his musical education began early by way of his pianist/teacher father Ellis Marsalis Jr., and was fine-tuned later at the Berklee College of Music.
September 25, 1999 - Despite a bout with the flu last week, jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis played his first four gigs in a 14-city American tour on schedule, with his first show at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois selling out in advance. The band moves to the West Coast this week, playing Los Angeles, San Diego, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Portland and Seattle.