Romantic Evening with Branford Marsalis Quartet Promises a Valentine’s Day Experience Sure to Touch the Heart and Rekindle the Romantic Spirit
High Point, NC — In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Grammy Award winning saxophonist, joined by a gifted four-piece ensemble, will use his exciting blend of expressive melodies and unrivaled spirit to take concert goers on a wonderfully riveting and enchanting journey when he performs at the High Point Theatre on Thursday, February 14, at 7:30 pm.
Acclaimed NEA jazz master shares expressive melodies and unrivaled spirit during his High Point Theatre appearance, Thursday, February 14.
Branford Marsalis has stayed the course. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to jazz, he has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, bandleader and educator – a 21st Century mainstay of artistic excellence. Some might gauge Branford Marsalis’s success by his numerous awards, including three Grammys and (together with his father and brothers) his citation as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. To Branford, however, these are only weigh stations along what continues to be one of the most fascinating and rewarding journeys in the world of music.
Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. His first instrument, the clarinet, gave way to the alto and then the tenor and soprano saxophones when the teenage Branford began working in local bands. A growing fascination with jazz as he entered college gave him the basic tools to obtain his first major jobs, with trumpet legend Clark Terry and alongside Wynton in Art Blakey’s legendary Jazz Messengers. When the brothers left to form the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, the world of uncompromising acoustic jazz was invigorated. Branford formed his own quartet in 1986 and, with a few minor interruptions in the early years, has sustained the unit as his primary means of expression. Known for the telepathic communication among its uncommonly consistent personnel, its deep book of original music replete with expressive melodies and provocative forms, and an unrivaled spirit in both live and recorded performances, the Branford Marsalis Quartet has long been recognized as the standard to which other ensembles of its kind must be measured.
“Branford Marsalis’ talent will amaze, his charm will enthrall,” says High Point Theatre Director David Briggs, “and we are extremely happy to present such a highly respected artist to our Triad audience.” Show starts at 7:30 PM, tickets are $30-$40, available through the Theatre box office by calling (336) 887-3001 and online at www.highpointtheatre.com.
About High Point Theatre
Owned and operated by the City of High Point, the High Point Theatre is conveniently located within the International Home Furnishings Center at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Street in High Point. The Theatre features an elegant 965-seat auditorium with continental style seating, three exhibition galleries for meetings, displays, and receptions, and free parking.