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2011 NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis represents "the highest echelon of jazz tenor saxophonists" (Los Angeles Times). He returns with his superlative quartet, featuring pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Reevis, and drummer Justin Faulkner.

As the eldest musical sibling in jazz's most famous contemporary clan, Marsalis parlayed his formative experiences in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and his brother Wynton's band into simultaneous careers as a performer, educator, composer, label owner, and bandleader with over 30 albums to his name.

A three-time GRAMMY winner, Marsalis' insatiable desire to expand horizons has found him performing with the New York Philharmonic, embracing hip hop influences with his Buckshot LaFonque project, leading the house band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, working in the pop realm with Sting and Bruce Hornsby, and composing the score to the Oscar-winning 2020 film Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. He won a 2010 Drama Desk Award for his contribution to the Broadway production of August Willson's Fences, and recorded his acclaimed 2013 live solo recital, In My Solitude, at Grace Cathedral as part of the 30th San Francisco Jazz Festival. But Marsalis is best known as the leader of this extraordinary quartet, captured on his 2019 Marsalis Music quartet release The Secret between the Shadow and the Soul.

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Branford Marsalis has stayed the course. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to jazz, he has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, bandleader and educator - a 21st Century mainstay of artistic excellence.

Known for the telepathic communication among its uncommonly consistent personnel, its deep book of original music replete with expressive melodies and provocative forms, and an unrivaled spirit in both live and recorded performances, the Branford Marsalis Quartet has long been recognized as the standard to which other ensembles of its kind must be measured.

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New Orleans native and NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis got his professional start with Clark Terry and brother Wynton Marsalis in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. In 1986 Branford formed the Branford Marsalis Quartet, adding guest vocalist Kurt Elling. Their first album, Upward Spiral, was nominated for a 2017 Grammy. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Marsalis partnered with Harry Connick Jr. to found the Musicians' Village in New Orleans--a place where artists could work to preserve and reconstruct their beloved community.
2011 NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis represents "the highest echelon of jazz tenor saxophonists" (Los Angeles Times). He returns with his superlative quartet, featuring pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Reevis, and drummer Justin Faulkner.

As the eldest musical sibling in jazz's most famous contemporary clan, Marsalis parlayed his formative experiences in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and his brother Wynton's band into simultaneous careers as a performer, educator, composer, label owner, and bandleader with over 30 albums to his name.

A three-time GRAMMY winner, Marsalis' insatiable desire to expand horizons has found him performing with the New York Philharmonic, embracing hip hop influences with his Buckshot LaFonque project, leading the house band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, working in the pop realm with Sting and Bruce Hornsby, and composing the score to the Oscar-winning 2020 film Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. He won a 2010 Drama Desk Award for his contribution to the Broadway production of August Willson's Fences, and recorded his acclaimed 2013 live solo recital, In My Solitude, at Grace Cathedral as part of the 30th San Francisco Jazz Festival. But Marsalis is best known as the leader of this extraordinary quartet, captured on his 2019 Marsalis Music quartet release The Secret between the Shadow and the Soul.

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Branford Marsalis has stayed the course. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to jazz, he has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, bandleader and educator - a 21st Century mainstay of artistic excellence.

Known for the telepathic communication among its uncommonly consistent personnel, its deep book of original music replete with expressive melodies and provocative forms, and an unrivaled spirit in both live and recorded performances, the Branford Marsalis Quartet has long been recognized as the standard to which other ensembles of its kind must be measured.

~~~~~~~~~

New Orleans native and NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis got his professional start with Clark Terry and brother Wynton Marsalis in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. In 1986 Branford formed the Branford Marsalis Quartet, adding guest vocalist Kurt Elling. Their first album, Upward Spiral, was nominated for a 2017 Grammy. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Marsalis partnered with Harry Connick Jr. to found the Musicians' Village in New Orleans--a place where artists could work to preserve and reconstruct their beloved community.
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