BRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET WITH SPECIAL GUEST KURT ELLING
13 & over
Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling take over the showroom for a very special four day stay during the holiday season. As the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. His first instrument, the clarinet, gave way to the saxophone when the teenage Branford began working in local bands. A growing fascination with jazz as he entered college gave him the basic tools to obtain his first major jobs, with trumpet legend Clark Terry and alongside Wynton in Art Blakey’s legendary Jazz Messengers before forming his own quartet. However, Branford has not confined his music to the quartet context. In addition to guest turns with a legion of giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins, he has excelled in duets with several major pianists, including his boyhood friend Harry Connick, Jr. and the longtime pianist in his quartet, Joey Calderazzo. Marsalis is joined by Grammy winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling. Elling's rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. Deeply influenced by singer and poet Mark Murphy, Elling began to develop his idiosyncratic scat style early on. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word and poetry. Elling is a renowned artist of vocalese–the writing and performing of words over recorded improvised jazz solos. Photo by Palma Kolansky.