Tight-knit Working Band Brings Forth Musical Expertise
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Aug. 5, 2013) – Renowned Grammy Award® saxophone player Branford Marsalis and his innovative, hard-working jazz ensemble will perform in St. Petersburg Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at The Palladium Theater. The concert is presented by The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts.
Tickets are priced at $39, $49 and $59 and go on sale Friday, Aug. 16 at noon. Tickets can be purchased through The Palladium’s website, www.mypalladium.org, by phone 727. 822.3590 or at The Palladium Box Office, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The box office is open noon-3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday or three hours before any Palladium performance.
A virtuoso on soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, three-time Grammy® winner and Tony® nominee, Branford Marsalis has set himself apart with his impeccable technique and interpretive insight, embracing his art form’s long tradition while diving into infinite improvisational possibilities.
A member of the storied Marsalis family – which collectively received a 2011 NEA Jazz Master award – he has made an indelible mark on the history of jazz and continues to shape its future. His varied career has included such endeavors as leading The Tonight Show band for three years, performances with symphony orchestras, collaborations with Sting and the Grateful Dead and leading his own hip-hop tinged band Buckshot LeFonque. Marsalis has also composed scores for Broadway, including his Tony®-nominated score for August Wilson’s Fences.
His most recent recording, Four MFs Playin’ Tunes, was released in 2012 on his own label, Marsalis Music. The album, which features Marsalis on saxes, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums, explored the limits of musical adventure and band cohesiveness. It includes ambitious original compositions by band members, a Thelonius Monk classic and a 1930s classic. It blends the beautiful ballad sounds of 2004’s Eternal with his 2006 critically-acclaimed Braggtown.
Marsalis explained when releasing the album,” We need to quit thinking of songs as vehicles and think of them as songs…What we are trying to do is figure out the emotional purpose of each song…and then play according to that purpose.”
About The Mahaffey Theater
The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey Theater hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions.
Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.
About The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts
Founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2009, The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is dedicated to the success and future of The Mahaffey Theater and to the notion that through diverse programing and patron membership support, performing arts should be enjoyed by all of St. Petersburg’s citizens. It’s your theater!
The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is committed to supporting and presenting all genres of the performing arts at The Mahaffey Theater, funding arts education for school children through the Class Acts performance series and providing its member patrons with unequaled services, entertainment and cultural experiences.