Saxophonist Branford Marsalis has said that he hates it when they name his dad and siblings as “The First Family of New Orleans Jazz.” He emphasizes, as he recently told a jazz publication, that his is just one out many other other lesser-known Crescent City clans who have carried the torch of their native city’s musical traditions—and their resilience throughout tough times. Whether he likes it or not, though, that is the image the audience has as they see how successful they’ve been throughout the years. It is their patriarch, legendary pianist Ellis Marsalis, who leads an ensemble of musicians in commemoration of the first year after the tragedy that came in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Along with him for the ride many musicians who suffered—in one way or another, in consequence of the flood. The lineup for the evening is Wess Anderson, Victor Goines, Nicholas Payton, Jeremy Davenport, Pater Martin, Don Viappe, Reginald Veal and Helen Riley. (Ernest Barteldes)
September 22 at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000. 8pm. $19-$47.