I was lucky enough to get tickets to this concert last year and witnessed this beauty live. I can not express how overwhelmed I was to see the whole Marsalis family on stage and experience the love they have for each other -- especially the family's matriarch -- and the music we all call Jazz. Before the actual concert, I remember reading in the Washington Post how it's been a very long time to have all the Marsalis boys joined their father on stage -- and I'm including Harry Connick, Jr. as one of the "boys" since you can tell he was brought into the family fold when Ellis was his instructor -- and how people were disappointed that the performance was not going to be recorded.
I was so happy to see Connick, on Friday's Today Show, announce that this concert WAS recorded and released, with proceeds going to help with the Musicians Village and the Ellis Marsalis Cultural Center.
The various songs they played during the tribute were the epitome of New Orleans' Jazz. Even as a Jazz fan you'll be reintroduced to some great interpretations and, maybe even to some pieces you haven't heard in a long time. I'll admit it, this concert reignited my love for Jazz and made me appreciate just how much of an art form it is, and how much love, sweat and tears these musicians put into it to make sure we all can experience what they do on a daily basis.
If you're wavering about buying this -- which, in my opinion, would be a travesty -- hit the "Purchase" button -- you won't regret it.