Arts & Context: Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis With Aaron Greenwald
An Arts & Context Discussion
In this free lunchtime talk at The Pinhook in downtown Durham, renowned saxophonist, bandleader, and Durham resident Branford Marsalis joins Duke Performances executive director Aaron Greenwald for a conversation about the evolution of the tenor saxophone in jazz — from Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young to Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and beyond. Marsalis will be performing with his ensemble, The Branford Marsalis Quartet, in Duke’s Baldwin Auditorium for a two-night engagement on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6.
Free and open to the public. Light lunch provided by Pie Pushers. Arts & Context is co-sponsored by Duke Performances, the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University, The Pinhook, and Pie Pushers.
Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford Marsalis was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason. His first instrument, the clarinet, gave way to the alto and then the tenor and soprano saxophones when…...Read More
Aaron Greenwald has served as the Executive Director of Duke Performances since 2006. During this time, Duke Performances has commissioned, developed, and premiered more than 40 new works, including projects from composers Steve Reich, John Luther Adams, and Jason Moran; choreographers / dance companies Shen Wei Dance Arts, Alonzo King…...Read More