Quite simply, Branford Marsalis is among the most revered instrumentalists of his times and one of the most important jazz artists working today. This great saxophonist cut his teeth with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his brother Wynton’s quintet, and he has performed and recorded with a who’s-who of jazz giants, including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. Branford has also collaborated with such diverse artists as Sting, the Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby. The Branford Marsalis Quartet – including pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and now 21-year-old drumming prodigy Justin Faulkner – is one of the greatest jazz quartets in the world. Assertive, precise, and expressive of a timeless yet daring sensibility, the rigor and historical depth of their music is unparalleled. This superb quartet performs both refreshed standards and classic originals, helmed by the most trustworthy arbiter of the state of the art.
From the time of his emergence with Michael Brecker in 1986 through his recent work in the Branford Marsalis Quartet, pianist Joey Calderazzo has proved to be among the most intense and engaged of contemporary soloists and accompanists. His energy, technique and rapid fire imagination have marked him as one of the most exciting jazz pianists to emerge in the past three decades. Grammy Award winning bassist Eric Revis started his professional career playing with Betty Carter and for the past eighteen years has been a member of the Branford Marsalis Quartet; he has also released four acclaimed albums as leader of his own group, the most recent City of Asylum (2013). A child prodigy, Justin Faulkner played his first professional jazz gig at the age of 13 and has since performed around the world with an extraordinary array of great musicians, from Pharoah Saunders to Christian McBride. This is his fourth year with the Branford Marsalis Quartet.
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