Take your sweetheart to hear some live music
Remember to treat your valentine with something special on February 14 - we think that a pair of tickets to a concert is a perfect idea. Claudia Acuña, Joey Calderazzo, Branford Marsalis, and Miguel Zenón all have tour dates coming up, so check out their schedules and see if they will be performing somewhere near your home. Or might we suggest a romantic trip to San Juan, Savannah or New Orleans? Read more »
Branford Marsalis Quartet @ the Jazz Standard
Publication: Elmore Magazine
Author: Richard Antone
The Branford Marsalis Quartet observed their tenth anniversary in fine style, wrapping up a week at Jazz Standard on Mother’s Day. Fresh from a recent stint of concert appearances with the Grateful Dead, they came out smokin’ with Jeff Watts’ “Mr. JJ.” Marsalis, as usual, proved to be a soaring, expressive soloist on this and other tunes, including pianist Joey Calderazzo’s reflective “Hope,” and former Marsalis keyboardist Kenny Kirkland’s “Steepian Faith.” Calderazzo and bassist Eric Revis both offered excellent solos.
While it was ironic that the quartet was observing its tenth year with no personnel changes without its hard-swinging drummer Jeff Watts, Justin Faulkner was a deftly talented substitute. A teasing, tempo-shifting version of Thelonious Monk’s “Straight, No Chaser” closed the set.