Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis

Friday, October 5, 8:00pm
at Grace Cathedral

Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis, solo

Branford Marsalis became a jazz star in the 1980s on the strength of his brash and fiery improvisational flights. But the virtuoso’s projects also display a unique talent for melodic invention. Now Marsalis takes the ultimate step toward concert intimacy, shedding all accompaniment for his debut solo performance at Grace Cathedral. It’s a match made in heaven – a supremely gifted soloist and the hallowed halls where Duke Ellington premiered his Concert of Sacred Music in 1965. Branford joins an exalted constellation of saxophone legends who’ve performed solo in the resonant sanctuary as part of the SFJAZZ Sacred Space series since 1986, including Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean, Charles Lloyd, Steve Lacy, Pharoah Sanders, Dewey Redman and others. In many ways Marsalis is heir to their lineage, yet there is no doubt this performance will be a singular listening experience.

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"Marsalis has been one of the best-known and most powerful players in his line of work for decades " — NPR
"Marsalis stands as one of the most imposing tenor and soprano saxophonists in jazz today, the comprehensive nature of his virtuosity matched by the substantive quality of his tunes. " — Chicago Tribune
"The highest echelon of jazz tenor saxophonists. " — Los Angeles Times