More to Live For featuring Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo
Join Jefferson Center, Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo for an exceptional event that celebrates the inspiring life of jazz great Michael Brecker and features the Virginia film premiere of More To Live For, produced by Brecker’s widow, Susan Brecker, and directed by Noah Hutton.
More To Live For chronicles the lives of Brecker and two other men with leukemia. The film has literally saved lives and audience members inspired to make a difference may have cheek swabs performed and be added to the International Bone Marrow Registry. The evening culminates with saxophonist Branford Marsalis and pianist Joey Calderazzo, both close friends of Brecker, paying tribute to Brecker in perhaps the most passionate and profound language—that of awe-inspiring jazz.
Three-time Grammy Award winner Branford Marsalis, one of the most revered saxophonists of his time, has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, a composer, and the head of his label Marsalis Music. A longstanding member of the Brandford Marsalis Quartet, jazz pianist Joey Calderazzo has built a reputation as a definitive accompanist, composer, and performer with a sustained trajectory of growing command and maturity. Together, the duo make an inspired pairing that allows each musician to challenge and support the other in an uncompromisingly creative landscape.
The goal of the duo for Marsalis is musicality rather than technicality. “Playing duos is not a ‘you know the chords, I know the chords, let’s go’ situation...,” he emphasizes. “I need a constant level of engagement.... You have to listen to each other or it doesn’t work.”
Calderazzo concurs. “I like the idea of improvising together, instead of ‘backing’ a soloist... I can throw anything at Branford, and his ears are so good that he’ll always figure out something to play. And the variety of ways that he can play makes the duo really interesting.... The idea is to capture a spirit, a vibe, to improvise completely instead of just playing things that you know you can play.”
"Michael Brecker's tragic death in January 2007, at the age of fifty-seven, robbed the world of perhaps the most influential saxophonist to emerge since the equally untimely passing of John Coltrane." – John Kelman, All About Jazz
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