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An Evening with the Branford Marsalis Quartet – 9:00 PM
After four decades in the international spotlight, the achievements of saxophonist Branford Marsalis continue to grow. From his initial recognition as a “young jazz lion”, he has expanded his vision as an instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, and educator – crossing stylistic boundaries while maintaining an unwavering creative integrity. In the process, he has become an avatar of contemporary artistic excellence. The Branford Marsalis Quartet, first formed in 1986, remains Marsalis’ primary means of expression. In its virtually uninterrupted three-plus decades of existence, the Quartet has established a rare breadth of stylistic range and a continuity of personnel. The ensemble’s latest album, The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul, contains the mix of challenging original and classic compositions, as well as the range of moods from the tender to the explosive, that has defined the group. With its focus on melodic strength and extrasensory interaction, the album confirms that the Branford Marsalis Quartet remains a paragon of uncompromising jazz excellence.
(5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included)
Sponsored by Kuumbwa Jazz Board of Trustees