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Branford Marsalis performs to concerts at London Jazz Festival

Branford Marsalis adds extra show for November’s EFG London Jazz Festival
9 Sep 2014

Branford Marsalis is one of those contemporary jazz stars whose name often precedes “Sold Out” on festival line-ups before most jazz fans realise he’s booked to perform.

In the case of this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival, even his die-hard fans may have struggled to book a seat at his Quartet's  intimate show at the? Southbank Centre Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday November 14th.

It has been several years since the virtuoso tenor saxophonist played a London concert. Perhaps, then, it is with some recognition of this long wait that the soloist has arranged to perform an additional concert.

For those disappointed at having missed out on the 7:30pm show, fear not. Tickets are also available for a 10pm performance.

Along with brother Wynton, the Marsalis brothers were at the forefront of the 80s reaction to electronic and rock fusions with acoustic approaches emerging out of the post-pop era.

Where Wynton and Branford marked a firm departure from fusion pioneers such as Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock over the direction jazz was moving in, their proficiency and theoretical mastery have established them firmly in the jazz history lexicon.

In many ways, Branford has proved more experimental as a side-man than his Grammy award-winning brother, featuring alongside contemporary pop stars such as Sting at Live Aid in 1985, and as a sideman on Public Enemy’s Fight the Power single.

In the spirit of legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Lester Young, Branford’s ‘adapted’ Selmer Mark IV soprano saxophone, with its modified neck, is instantly recognisable among fans.

This year’s EFG London Jazz Festival is as star-packed as ever, so there’s plenty to see whether you’re a fan of Branford’s distinctive quartet or not.

Founding member of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Paul Jackson, is performing at Hideaway in Streatham at 9pm on November 14th. New Orleans band leader, pianist and singer Dr John will meanwhile dedicate an evening to Louis Armstrong on Saturday November 15th at the London Barbican.ADNFCR-408-ID-801747463-ADNFCR

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