08 June 2020, 07:30

“An Evening with Branford Marsalis” at UJ21 on July 14

A double bill with REDMAN-MEHLDAU-MCBRIDE-BLADE: A MoodSwing Reunion
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AN EVENING WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS at UJ21 on July 14

A double bill with REDMAN-MEHLDAU-MCBRIDE-BLADE: A MoodSwing Reunion

 

Forty years have passed since Branford Marsalis conquered the limelight as one of the young lions of jazz. Originally from New Orleans and descended from a true musical dynasty, son and brother of jazzmen, Branford was able to play early in his career with Clark Terry, Art Blakey and his brother Wynton, also collaborating later with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock Harry Connick, Jr and Kurt Elling.

A curious and multifaceted talent, he has often gone beyond the borders of jazz to cross over into classical music and the rock universe (see his extraordinary partnership with Sting and with the Grateful Dead), managing in any case to maintain absolute artistic integrity and consistency.

The quartet remains the privileged instrument through which Branford Marsalis can express his creativity and his idea of music at the highest levels. A quartet formed in 1986 which has remained almost continuously active, and stable in the line up, for over three decades, producing¬† a series of extraordinary records during this period. A quartet that has long been, and with increasing strength, one of the most important acronyms of contemporary jazz,¬† thanks also to its continuous evolution, to a profound collective identity and to the search for ever wider musical horizons. The pianist, Joey Calderazzo, and the double bass player, Eric Revis, have been in the band for twenty years while the drummer, Justin Faulkner, is the “rookie”, having entered in 2009. The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul is the latest album that documents the musical level.