April is Jazz Appreciation Month
Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is a time to celebrate the unique qualities of America’s art form, the talents of jazz legends, the joy music can bring to its audiences, and whatever jazz means to you. JAM culminates with International Jazz Day on April 30 featuring an exciting line-up of jazz all-stars from around the globe celebrating in style at an outdoors concert in Osaka, Japan.
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Branford Marsalis Quartet
Publication: Philadelphia Weekly
No doubt, the long-ago Sting sideman, former Tonight Show bandleader and guest food-taster on Top Chef is a celebrity. But undiluted jazz is the saxophonist’s message, and the relentless Branford Marsalis Quartet is the medium. In the 10 years since the untimely death of Kenny Kirkland, its original pianist, the band has gathered creative steam, proved again by the new album Metamorphosen, featuring material by each member (Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts). Brute-force swing, mournful melody, confounding rhythmic mazes, Thelonious Monk tunes—Branford and crew face every challenge with authority, maintaining a distinctive sound that only gets hotter in the live setting. Those who equate the Marsalis name with stiff traditionalism have another thing coming.