Branford Marsalis (photo via branfordmarsalis.com)
TROY – The Branford Marsalis Quartet will be joined by guest vocalist Kurt Elling for the Troy City Music Hall’s 37th Annual Gala on Thursday April 27.
This year, as part of the annual gala celebration, the hall will honor Susan Scrimshaw, president of The Sage Colleges for her “dedication to the Music Hall and our community.”
The quartet consists of Marsalis on sax, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums.
Marsalis is best known for his sax, but he has expanded his horizons as a musician, composer, bandleader and educator.
“Marsalis told stories with his breath and body, conjuring canyon-deep reverberations, woodland piping, blues cries and seductive whispers from his instruments,” according to The New Orleans Times Picayune. “And, like a great storyteller, he brought those effects into focus, making every note count, as he sprang delightful surprises and created a world in the round.”
The tight-knit working quartet rarely invites other musicians into their folds but they made an exception
for the Grammy winning Elling, one of jazz’s foremost singer.
He won the DownBeat Critics Poll for 14 consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times in that same span. Every one of Elling’s 10 albums has been nominated for a Grammy.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are from $29 to $79.
There will be pre-show and post-show events for this performance. Sponsors and Honorary Committee members will be invited to a reception where they can meet Marsalis and Elling.
Music Hall members may purchase tickets starting Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 via phone or in person at the Box Office. With a minimum $50 donation you can become a member and take advantage of the best seats in the house. For more information, please contact Maureen Neufeld, 518-273-8945, or [email protected].
Tickets for the general public go on sale Monday, Dec. 12 via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second St., Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
More information on the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and upcoming programs is available on the website at www.troymusichall.org.