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NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award®‐winning saxophonist and Tony Award® nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time.
Leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis and his Quartet of musical friends recently released Four MFs Playin’ Tunes. On this new album, the song takes center stage, with the band members bringing their considerable musical expertise to bear, as they focus on each tune as an important musical entity unto itself and not merely a vehicle for showcasing individual talent.
Please join us for an astounding performance of one of the most innovative and forward‐thinking jazz ensembles around today!
Celebrity Café Speaker, 30 minutes prior to the show
Mike Giles, ISU Senior Lecturer of Music
- A native Iowan, Michael studied classical saxophone at the University of Iowa with Ronald Tyree and Matthew Sintchak (B.M., M.A.) Other teachers include John Rapson and Phil Mattson. He has taught at the University of Wyoming, Grinnell College, Augustana College and in the Minneapolis Public Schools. He focuses on contemporary classical saxophone repertoire, comfortable in various chamber settings as well as electronic music. Michael stays very active as an improviser and composer, working with eclectic mixes of personalities and instrumentation. His commitment to original music and inventive approaches to song forms has made him a recognizable improviser throughout the Midwest. He currently leads the classical saxophone studio, coaches saxophone quartets, directs the small jazz ensembles program, and teaches jazz improvisation and other aspects of jazz studies.