Branford Marsalis headlines CMA Festival SeriesWritten by Andrew Farr | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The College of Musical Arts at BGSU will welcome three-time Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis on Oct. 6 to kick off the 2010-11 festival series.
For almost 30 years, the College of Musical Arts has held a variety of performances and music workshops featuring nationally and internationally recognized musicians as part of its festival series.
Susan Knapp, director of public events for the CMA said the series is designed to serve the campus and community. She said the performances usually incorporate jazz music as well as classical and contemporary.
“The musicians featured in the festival series performances also hold special learning sessions with our students,” she said. “But the concerts are open to the public.”
While the CMA also features concerts by music students and professors year-round, Knapp said the festival series is different.
“We have a lot of performances but most of the artists in the festival series are already well established musicians,” she said.
The concert by Branford Marsalis will begin tomorrow at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center at BGSU. The concert will be the first of this year’s festival series as part of the university’s centennial celebration.
A native of New Orleans, Marsalis primarily plays jazz, blues, funk as well as some classical music. He composes his own music and performs frequently with his own Branford Marsalis Quartet. In the early 1990s, he recorded and toured with Sting. He was also the saxophonist and leader of the Tonight Show Band for two years before being succeeded by long-time band leader and guitarist Kevin Eubanks.
The Chicago Tribune called Marsalis “one of the most technically accomplished, intellectually provocative tenor saxophonists in the mainstream tradition.”
In 2002, he started his own jazz music label called Marsalis Music under which he produces his own projects as well as other established and upcoming jazz artists.
“We really like the appeal of Branford,” Knapp said. “He is a great jazz educator as well as a performer and will be great to have here.”
For more information, visit bgsu.edu/festivalseries or call the box office weekdays from noon-6 p.m. at 419.372.8171.