Branford Marsalis Quartet with Special Guest Kurt Elling

Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling, photo by Palma Kolansky

Branford Marsalis Quartet
with special guest Kurt Elling

October 1, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Emerson Concert Hall

Part of the 2016 - 2017 Candler Concert Series.

The Branford Marsalis Quartet is joined by vocalist Kurt Elling in a spectacular collaboration of musical forces. Elling's deep jazz vocabulary, technical versatility, and outstanding intonation enable the tight-knit quartet to perform a variety of material in new ways. Energized by the artistic promise of this collaboration, the band members have all contributed new arrangements for this special lineup, featuring Marsalis on saxophone, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Justin Faulkner on drums.

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
1700 North Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30322


Artist Bios

Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis has stayed the course. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to the jazz art, he has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, compoer, bandleader, and educator. He has become renonwed as a 21st century mainstay of artistic excellence.

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Branford Marsalis Quartet

Branford Marsalis formed his own quartet in 1986 and has sustained the unit as his primary means of expression. Known for the telepathic communication among its uncommonly consistent personnel, its deep book of original music replete with expressive melodies and provocative forms, and an unrivaled spirit in both live and recorded performances, the Branford Marsalis Quartet has long been recognized as the standard to which other ensembles of its kind must be measured. Its most recent recording, Four MFs Playin’ Tunes, was named Best Instrumental Jazz Album in 2012 by iTunes.

Kurt Elling

GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. An international jazz award winner, he has also been GRAMMY nominated a dozen times. Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry.

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Emory Concert Program

The program for this concert is TBA.

2016 - 2017 Candler Concert Series

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