Branford Marsalis Quartet
Friday, January 30, 2015 | 8:00 pm
Jazz titan Branford Marsalis is a GRAMMY winning saxophonist, composer, and bandleader; a record label owner responsible for some of the most electrifying jazz of the last decade; and the eldest child in a New Orleans family legendary for its dedication to jazz. A longtime Durham resident, Marsalis returns to Duke Performances with his quartet for a two-night stand at Baldwin Auditorium.
Profoundly influenced by his early mentor, the renowned drummer Art Blakey, Marsalis went on to record with such luminaries as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins. His quartet recently released Four MFs Playin’ Tunes, an album praised as “a knockout: hard-nosed and hyperacute, tradition-minded but modern” (New York Times). Marsalis will be joined by his critically lauded combo, which features fellow Durham resident Joey Calderazzo on piano.