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April 5, 2013

Jazzman Branford Marsalis to play at Foothills

Legendary jazz musician Branford Marsalis will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center on Market Street in Oneonta.

Starting at 6 p.m. in the atrium will be the Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta jazz bands.

Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of all time, a media release said, scoring three Grammys and a Tony nomination.

The musician began his professional career in 1980 — following his graduation from the Berklee School of Music — when he began touring with the Art Blakey Quintet.

He has worked with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Sting and as musical director of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.

Marsalis is a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, performing with orchestras in Chicago, Detroit, Dusseldorf, North Carolina and Boston. He plays Copland, Debussy, Glazunov, Ibert, Mahler, Milhaud, Rorem and Vaughn Williams.

The musician made his Broadway debut as the composer of the original musical for the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of August Wilson play “Fences.” He also scored the 2011 Broadway premiere of “The Mountaintop” starring Samuel Jackson and Angela Bassett.

In addition to performing with his jazz ensemble, Marsalis runs Marsalis Jams, an interactive program in which leading jazz ensembles present concerts and jam sessions in mini-residencies. The program is geared toward high school and college students.

Marsalis also established the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village with Harry Connick Jr. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the program provides new homes for displaced residents, including displaced musicians and their families.

Tickets are $35 for silver seating, $45 for gold seating and $10 for student admission. For more information, 431-2080 or visit

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