The Brigham Young University BRAVO! Professional Performing Arts Series presents an evening with The Branford Marsalis Quartet, in the Pardoe Theater on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m.
The Branford Marsalis Quartet will be joined by guest-vocalist Kurt Elling, also a Grammy award winner, who is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. In a singular collaboration of musical forces, the tight-knit band will feature Marsalis on saxophones, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums.
"The Marsalis family is one of the most accomplished and renowned jazz families in America,” said Jeffrey Martin, presenter of the BYU Arts BRAVO! Series. “We've wanted to get them here for quite a while, so we're very excited to finally be able to showcase his work.”
On Friday, Sept. 16, Marsalis will also conduct a master class for students in the jazz program in the BYU School of Music. This is a unique opportunity for students to learn from some of the most accomplished and capable musicians actively working in the music business.
“We’re also excited to have him interact with our students,” Martin said. “We love having our students interface with members of the profession working at the highest levels."
In other public stages, Marsalis spent a period touring with Sting, collaborated with the Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby, served as musical director of The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno and hosted National Public Radio’s widely syndicated Jazz Set.
Elling won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times in that same span. Every one of Elling’s 10 albums has been nominated for a Grammy.
The performance is generously supported by Marcus and Andrea Hutchins and sponsored by BRAVO! Professional Performing Arts at BYU, the university's concert series that hosts world-renowned guest artists from across the globe.