The celebrated Marsalis family, which, as previously reported, is issuing the collaborative album "The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration" in February via Marsalis Music, will follow its release with

The celebrated Marsalis family, which, as previously reported, is issuing the collaborative album "The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration" in February via Marsalis Music, will follow its release with a short, eight-date tour of Canada and the U.S. East Coast.

The clan -- patriarch pianist Ellis and his sons, saxophonist Branford, trumpeter Wynton, trombonist Delfeayo, and drummer Jason -- will be joined by bassist Reginald Veal on the tour, which qualifies as a rare outing, as the musician Marsalises only first played together on stage Aug. 4, 2001 in New Orleans. The recording of that performance constitutes the forthcoming album.

The tour will kick off Feb. 23 in Ottawa and hit Toronto and Montreal before crossing the border and proceeding to Schenectady, N.Y.; Syracuse, N.Y.; Newark, N.J.; and Philadelphia, and closing with a March 3 engagement at Boston's Symphony Hall.

In addition to the album and the tour, a DVD and a PBS special are expected from the Marsalis clan in the coming months. For more information and tour updates, visit Marsalis Music's official Web site.

Here are the Marsalis family tour dates:

Feb. 23: Ottawa (National Arts Center)
Feb. 24: Toronto (Massey Hall)
Feb. 25: Montreal (Place des Arts)
Feb. 27: Schenectady, N.Y. (Proctor's Theatre)
Feb. 28: Syracuse, N.Y. (Landmark Theatre)
March 1: Newark, N.J. (New Jersey PAC)
March 2: Philadelphia (Verizon Hall @ Kimmel Center)
March 3: Boston (Symphony Hall)