An Evening with Branford Marsalis
February 15, 2013
Dekelboum Concert Hall
Discussion with Branford Marsalis and David C. Driskell - 6:30pm
Marsalis (top, Branford Marsalis Quartet, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers,
Wynton Marsalis Quintet, The Tonight Show Band) joins University of
Maryland professor of art David C. Driskell (bottom) for a
pre-performance discussion in conjunction with the opening of the David C.
Driskell Center’s exhibition, Convergence: The Intersection of Visual and
Performance Art in Jazz.
David C. Driskell has taken a leading role
in bringing African American art into the mainstream of American society through
his own artwork and writing. Since 1977, as a professor of art at the University
of Maryland, he has focused attention on black artists as they fight forsurvival
and search for identity in the United States. A mutual interest in African
American visual art bring together the producer and three-time Grammy winning
musician with the world-renowned author for a discussion on the influence of
jazz on the the visual arts.
Following the discussion, Branford Marsalis
and his quartet will perform an evening of music inspired by Marsalis’s eclectic
musical interests in the areas of jazz, blues, funk and modern classical works.
Learn more about the history of jazz, African American visual art, and the
performers on this program in the University of Maryland Libraries:
featuring saxophonist Branford Marsalis, held in the collections of MSPAL
by UMD professor of art David C. Driskell
featuring interviews and profiles of Branford Marsalis
featuring the music of Marsalis
Listen to tracks featuring
Branford Marsalis on Alexander Street Press's Jazz Music Library,
accessible through the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's streaming audio