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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.

March 18, 2014
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

                                    PRESENTS

            AN EVENING WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS

                             Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.

 

            FAIRFAX, Va., March 18, 2014 – Three-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and composer Branford Marsalis returns to Fairfax with his acclaimed quartet for an evening of unsurpassed jazz music. An Evening with Branford Marsalis comes to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

            Performing with his tightly-knit quartet of musicians – longtime members Joey Calderazzo on piano and Eric Revis on bass, with rising star Justin Faulkner on drums – Branford Marsalis offers up an impressive collection of original compositions, as well as modern and classic jazz standards.

            Born in New Orleans into what The New York Times calls “jazz’s most storied living dynasty,” Branford Marsalis began his career performing with Art Blakely’s Jazz Messengers, as well as his brother Wynton’s quintet before forming his own ensemble. Along the way, he also performed with many 20th century jazz giants, including Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins.

            A man of diverse musical interests, Marsalis has collaborated with a number of popular music artists, including Sting, Bruce Hornsby and the Grateful Dead; he also has been a featured soloist with numerous classical ensembles, including the Chicago, Detroit, Dusseldorf and North Carolina symphonies, and the Boston Pops. He recently collaborated with celebrated violinist Joshua Bell on “Amazing Grace” on Bell’s recent album, “Musical Gifts.” Marsalis served as the musical director for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in the 1990s, and acted in several films, including “School Daze” and “Throw Mama From the Train.” He also provided music for the film “Mo’ Better Blues.”

Marsalis founded the Marsalis Music record label in 2002 to produce his own projects and the work of emerging and established jazz artists. He has released more than 20 recordings, including his most recent, 2012’s “Four MFs Playin’ Tunes.” JazzTimes called the album, “music played with purpose, direction, artistic integrity and passion played by four outstanding musicians,” while The New York Times said, “this album shows that Marsalis’ quartet hasn’t skipped a beat … effortlessly playing often complex tunes that are thoroughly modern while referencing past jazz masters.”

In addition to his three Grammy Awards, Marsalis received a 2010 Tony nomination for the music for the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s “Fences.” The project also earned Marsalis a 2010 Drama Desk Award. Along with his family, Marsalis was the recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts’ prestigious Jazz Masters Fellowship for 2011.

Dedicated to assisting with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in his hometown of New Orleans, Marsalis serves as the honorary chair of the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity chapter. Together with Harry Connick Jr., he formed the Habitat Musicians’ Village in the city’s historic Ninth Ward, and the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music (named for his late father, the legendary jazz pianist and educator), a spectacular facility with performance, instructional and practice spaces, and a recording studio.

 

 

Program will be announced from the stage.

 

Tickets for AN EVENING WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS are $48, $40 and $24. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.

 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

About George Mason University

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