Branford Marsalis Quartet plays the Palladium April 3.
ST. PETERSBURG - Renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophone player Branford Marsalis and his innovative, hard-working jazz ensemble perform in St. Petersburg Thursday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. at The Palladium Theater.
The concert is presented by The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts.
Tickets are priced at $39, $49 and $59 and available at www.mypalladium.org, by at phone 727- 822-3590 or at The Palladium Box Office, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The box office is open noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday or three hours before any Palladium performance.
A virtuoso on soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, three-time Grammy winner and Tony nominee, Branford Marsalis has set himself apart with his impeccable technique and interpretive insight, embracing his art form's long tradition while diving into infinite improvisational possibilities.
A member of the storied Marsalis family, which collectively received a 2011 NEA Jazz Master award, he has made an indelible mark on the history of jazz and continues to shape its future. His varied career has included such endeavors as leading The Tonight Show band for three years, performances with symphony orchestras, collaborations with Sting and the Grateful Dead and leading his own hip-hop tinged band Buckshot LeFonque. Marsalis has also composed scores for Broadway, including his Tony®-nominated score for August Wilson's Fences.
His most recent recording, Four MFs Playin' Tunes, was released in 2012 on his own label, Marsalis Music. The album, which features Marsalis on saxes, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums, explored the limits of musical adventure and band cohesiveness. It includes ambitious original compositions by band members, a Thelonius Monk classic and a 1930s classic. It blends the beautiful ballad sounds of 2004’s Eternal with his 2006 critically-acclaimed Braggtown.
Marsalis explained when releasing the album, ”We need to quit thinking of songs as vehicles and think of them as songs. … What we are trying to do is figure out the emotional purpose of each song. … and then play according to that purpose.”