2016-2017 Season

13 May 2017

Branford Marsalis Quartet

with special guest Kurt Elling
Saturday | May 13, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.Buy Tickets

Branford Marsalis, one of the most highly regarded jazz saxophonists of his era, brings his quartet together with world-renowned vocalist Kurt Elling. The Quartet rarely invites other musicians into the folds of its nearly telepathically cohesive unit, but Elling’s deep jazz vocabulary, technical versatility, and outstanding intonation make this a perfect fit.

“Marsalis told stories with his breath and body, conjuring canyon-deep reverberations, woodland piping, blues cries and seductive whispers from his instruments. 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 New Orleans Times Picayune

“Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz.”

— The Washington Post

“Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time.”

— The New York Times