Victoria Theatre Association presents AN EVENING WITH Branford Marsalis with world-renowned saxophonist and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Branford Marsalis and his quartet, Saturday, September 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm in the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale now.
Leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, MARSALIS and his Quartet of musical friends recently released Four MFs Playin’ Tunes. On this new album, the song takes center stage, with the band members bringing their considerable musical expertise to bear, as they focus on each tune as an important musical entity unto itself and not merely a vehicle for showcasing individual talent.
Having gained initial acclaim through his work with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his brother Wynton’s quintet in the early 1980s, Marsalis also performed and recorded with a who’s-who of jazz giants including MiLes Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins. He has also collaborated with such diverse artists as Sting, the Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby. His expansive interests are further reflected in his explorations in film, radio and television, including his role as the musical director of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” for two years in the early 1990s. Marsalis has also acted in such popular movies such as Throw Mama from the Train and School Daze, provided music for Mo’ Better Blues and other films and hosted National Public Radio’s syndicated program Jazz Set.
Tickets for the AN EVENING WITH Branford Marsalis are on sale now at the Ticket Center Stage Box Office, located in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center, by phone at (937) 228-3630, toll free (888) 228-3630 and online at www.ticketcenterstage.com.
For more information about Victoria Theatre Association’s 2012-2013 season, visit www.victoriatheatre.com.