Is there any other artist quite as versatile as Branford Marsalis? The eldest of the world-renowned Marsalis brothers started out, alongside his brother, famous trumpet player Wynton, with the great Art Blakey before embarking on his own career. He made a great impression while playing with Sting, whose massive hit Englishman in New York featured his famous solo, and he then took on a steady job as the leader of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show Band.
Even so, it wasn’t until the early 90s that he really began to make his own mark artistically. His quartet changed the outlook of jazz forever by combining artistic freedom with disciplined virtuosity. This quartet is still one of the top ensembles playing acoustic jazz, touring the world’s most prestigious concert venues. In this period he also founded the Buckshot Le Fonque band. Inspired by collaborations with the likes of Sting, Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis, this band blended jazz, funk, fusion, rock and more. Their single Another Day is still regularly played on radio.
Since the 2000s, Branford Marsalis has returned to his first love: classical music. He released a number of classical albums in the ’80s, but his career has really blossomed in the last two decades thanks to a renewed interest and, in particular, his irrepressible work ethic. His collaborations with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra bear this out. In 2019, his own label released the album The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul. JazzWise and JazzTimes made it their Album of the Year 2019, and with two Grammy nominations, Branford Marsalis proved that he is still among the international jazz elite. In this residency, we present a unique personality in three very different contexts. This event is not to be missed.