One of the world’s best-known saxophonists takes our stage again, exploring his Grammy-nominated album The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul. His quartet was formed in 1986, but many Americans first met Marsalis on the small screen when he served as Musical Director of The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno. Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of the late pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason. He’s highly sought after as a collaborator on tour with celebrated musicians including Sting, the Grateful Dead, and Bruce Hornsby.
STORY: Play It With Count Basie, and Branford Marsalis, at The Soraya
The timeless swing of the Count Basie Orchestra, the pure vocals of Lizz Wright, and the vibrant interplay of the Branford Marsalis Quartet represent three of the most important musical dialects in today’s national jazz conversation. With these quality offerings in the new fall season (Branford Marsalis Quartet on Thursday, October 28, and the Basie Band’s “Music of Ella Fitzgerald” featuring Lizz Wright on Wednesday, Nov. 17), The Soraya puts its chips on jazz, and lets it ride.