NEA Jazz Master Jason Marsalis Marsalis Announces Crowdfunding Campaign For His Latest New Orleans Tribute Project Entitled "Heirs"


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The film [Heirs of the Crescent City] is about the various traditions that are passed on through families in New Orleans.
NEA Jazz Master Jason Marsalis, the youngest recipient of the highest U.S. Jazz honor, has launched a new crowd funding campaign for his latest project Heirs of the Crescent City. Heirs of the Crescent City is a soundtrack recording to an accompanying documentary. directed by Sascha, entitled Heirs. The film is about the various traditions that are passed on through families in New Orleans.

The music on this album reflects those traditions as elements of Traditional Jazz, Mardi Gras, and Modern Jazz can be found on this recording. The Youngest member of the “First Family of Jazz”, as a New Orleans native, is uniquely situated to reflect upon the rich tradition that has been passed down from one generation to the next. From childhood gigs with his father Ellis Marsalis in New Orleans's famed French Quarter to sold out world tours with Marcus Roberts and the Marsalis family, Jason has proven his mastery not only of the drums but vibraphone as well.

“When director Sascha Just approached me about participating in her new documentary, I was honored to participate." says Jason Marsalis. “During filming she asked me about creating a soundtrack to the film. I was very eager to do that since I had never composed music for a film. As I started working on the music, I decided to explore the elements of music from New Orleans that I've grown up with over the years. Since one of the films subjects included one of the Mardi Gras Indians, I thought it would be great to write music using those elements of music. As the music unfolded, I realized that I could use this opportunity to explore other aspects of New Orleans. A lot of other influences such as the Wild Magnolias, Meters, Eddie Bo, and the Mardi Gras songs of New Orleans also came through in this music."

The project includes a re-working of traditional New Orleans tunes, modern takes Crescent City classics, and even modern compositions based classic creole melodies. The purpose of the crowd funding campaign is to aid in the marketing and promotion costs for the project. “When this music was recorded for the documentary, there was only enough of a budget to record the music.” Says Jason, “Now that it is finished, more funds are needed to promote the album through radio play, ads, reviews, etc. This is where you come in. With your help, this campaign will definitely help bring this music to a wider audience.”

The music of New Orleans is celebrated by both the documentary and in this special soundtrack recording. Among the musicians are the musicians who participated in the project are Jason Marsalis - drums, vibraphone; Ashlin Parker - trumpet; Joe Goldberg - tenor saxophone and clarinet; Austin Johnson - piano; Peter Harris - bass; Jasen Weaver - bass; Geoff Clapp - drums; and Special Guest: Marcus Roberts - piano.

In recognition of the 10th year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we invite you to become an “Heir" and to help support this worthwhile project at Support HEIRS Indiegogo page.

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