BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO

BRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET

Wed, 14 July - hours 21:00
Arena Santa Giuliana
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BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO

Brad Mehldau returns to Perugia, in trio with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums. His first time in Perugia was in 1993, a little-known pianist of the Joshua Redman Quartet. His debut as a soloist took place in 1997, in the magical nights at La Turrenetta. Brad Mehldau at Umbria Jazz is always an important event. The festival audience has proved to have a fondness for this extraordinary poetic pianist since his debut with his trio in 1997 with a legendary series of concert in a small hall. Actually, Mehldau had already been at the festival a few years earlier with Joshua Redman’s quartet, performing at San Francesco al Prato (1994) and at the first edition of Umbria Jazz Winter (1993). Mehldau is one of the few musicians who brings people back to the essence and the very meaning of music, which is to produce emotions. No mastery or virtuosity can replace the ability of moving, which is typical of great music. Much more than playing notes. The trio is Brad Mehldau’s identifying formula, which, according to his fans, describes his artistic mission. The Brad Mehldau Trio will replace "Redman-Mehldau-Mcbride-Blade: A MoodSwing Reunion", originally scheduled for July 16, 2020, and initially postponed to 2021. Tickets purchased for the "Redman-Mehldau-Mcbride-Blade: A MoodSwing Reunion" 2020 concert remain valid for the Brad Mehldau Trio concert scheduled for July 14, 2021. Ticket purchasers who don’t wish to attend the concert on July 14, 2021 (Brad Mehldau Trio – An Evening with Branford Marsalis) can request a refund until May 15, 2021: Boxol HERETicketOne HERE.
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BRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET

Forty years have passed since Branford Marsalis conquered the limelight as one of the young lions of jazz. Born in 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 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 .

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