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An Evening with Branford Marsalis

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis and author and UMD professor of art David C. DriskellFriday, February 15, 2013
Dekelboum Concert Hall

Pre-Performance Discussion with Branford Marsalis and David C. Driskell - 6:30pm

Performance - 8:00pm


Saxophonist Branford 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:

  • Recordings featuring saxophonist Branford Marsalis, held in the collections of MSPAL
  • Books by UMD professor of art David C. Driskell
  • Books featuring interviews and profiles of Branford Marsalis
  • Films featuring the music of Marsalis

Streaming Audio: 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 databases