UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis and his acclaimed quartet on Oct.16 at 7 p.m. in Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Ct. Tickets starting at $59 are available now at cap.ucla.edu, (310) 825-2101 and the UCLA Central Ticket Office.

One of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music, saxophonist Marsalis is equally at home performing concertos with symphony orchestras or sitting in with members of the Grateful Dead, but the core of his musical universe remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet. 

Celebrated for their original compositions, as well as their uncompromising interpretations of jazz standards and popular classics, the ensemble’s latest Grammy nominated project “The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul” finds the quartet at a new peak, expressing a variegated range of moods and incorporating classical and operatic elements.

Marsalis continues to thrill audiences around the world while racking up achievements across diverse musical platforms, even after four decades in the international spotlight. He has become an avatar of contemporary artistic excellence winning three Grammy Awards; a Tony nomination for his work as a composer on Broadway; a citation by the National Endowment for the Arts as Jazz Master; and a 2021 Primetime Emmy nomination for the score he composed for the “Tulsa Burning” documentary.

Marsalis’ screen credits as a composer include original music for: Spike Lee’s “Mo’ Better Blues,” “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” starring Oprah Winfrey, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, and the History Channel’s documentary “Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre.”

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