The Branford Marsalis Quartet will perform in “An Evening with Branford Marsalis” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the IU Auditorium.
Three-time Grammy Award winner and renowned jazz musician Branford Marsalis grew a love for the musical scene in his hometown of New Orleans. The saxophonist started his own quartet in 1986, and the group is now recognized as the standard for jazz quartets.
Marsalis has played with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. He is also known for his time as the musical director of “The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno” and for his work on the Spike Lee film “School Daze.”
“We are thrilled to bring world-renowned jazz musicians to our stage in Branford Marsalis and the Branford Marsalis Quartet,” IU Auditorium Executive Director Doug Booher said in a press release. “Branford has played with, influenced and led some of the greatest musicians in the world. His talent and energy will make for a special Saturday evening.”
The quartet will also participate in educational outreach activities the day before the show. The Branford Marsalis Quartet will participate in a sectional with IU jazz students. Marsalis will also lead a large ensemble rehearsal and master class.
Tickets for the show start at $14 for IU-Bloomington students and $22 for the general public. They can be purchased online or at the IU Auditorium box office.