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Branford Marsalis Quartet w/ Kurt Elling

Tonight!: Limited number of tickets at the door!

February 16, 2017 | 7:30 pm

- $49 – $69
Newmark Theatre

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NOTE: Limited number of tickets will be available at the door. 

The 2017 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival kick-off performance co-sponsored by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts features two contemporary jazz icons on the same stage at the same time –  NEA Jazz Master and saxophonist Branford Marsalis plus Grammy® Award-winning singer Kurt Elling. This incomparable duo, along with Marsalis’ longstanding quartet comprised of Joey Calderazzo (piano), Eric Revis (bass) and Justin Faulkner (drums) will perform in support of their recent album on Marsalis Music/OKeh Records, Upward Spiral. The album is a collection of tunes that blends songbook staples, jazz standards, and standards-to-be from a diverse array of composers. Every track they have selected confirms the beyond-category strengths of both the Quartet and Elling, allowing both vocalist and musician ample room to improvise, shine and hold the spotlight. After years of discussion and speculation, Marsalis and Elling have finally joined forces for a performance that is greater than the sum of its parts and is sure to be one of the highlights of the 2017 Festival.