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Branford Marsalis Quartet

Branford Marsalis Quartet
Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 8:00pm
One of the most dynamic, gifted, and versatile musicians of our time, Branford Marsalis returns to Mondavi Center with his quartet to play hard-driving contemporary jazz drawn from the group’s recent CD release, Braggtown. Marsalis burst upon the jazz scene in the early 1980s as a red-hot young saxophonist in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his brother Wynton Marsalis’ quintet, drawing comparisons to saxophone legends such as John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. Over the course of the past two decades, the Grammy Award winner has proven himself to be both an upholder of the traditions defined by giants such as Coltrane and Rollins and an amazingly accomplished and eclectic artist in his own right, with a resume including 14 acclaimed albums as a leader and memorable stints with rock star Sting and as the leader of the Tonight Show Band. The concert will feature the same quartet that wowed Mondavi Center audiences in October 2004, with Marsalis on tenor and soprano saxophones, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts.

Event Info

Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 8:00pm
Jackson Hall