Branford Marsalis Quartet
Friday, February 12, 2021
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Saxophonist Branford Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music. The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee is equally at home performing concertos with symphony orchestras and sitting in with members of the Grateful Dead, but the core of his musical universe remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet.
After more than three decades of existence with minimal personnel changes, this celebrated ensemble is renowned for its uncompromising interpretation of a kaleidoscopic range of both original compositions and jazz and popular classics.
Since the release of the Grammy-nominated Upward Spiral, on which guest vocalist Kurt Elling was seamlessly integrated into the group, the Quartet has followed up with The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul, its most emotionally wide-ranging and melody-driven collection to date. John Zeugner captured the impact of the Branford Marsalis Quartet in live performance in a recent concert review, calling it “casually confident, professional, cerebral and supercharged with energy. The Branford Marsalis Quartet . . . was all of those adjectives and more.”
“Branford Marsalis’ Quartet has been a model of daring, unapologetic artistry for the past three decades.”
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