CORVALLIS, Ore. – Acclaimed saxophonist Branford Marsalis, a three-time Grammy Award-winner, and his quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 in The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Marsalis, known for bringing new energy and new audiences to jazz, is a versatile musician who has played with jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. He has played duets with pianists including his boyhood friend, Harry Connick, Jr., and Joey Caldarazzo, the longtime pianist for his quartet.

His classical repertoire includes works by composers Copland, Debussy, Mahler, Milhaud, Vaughan Williams and Villa-Lobos. He has appeared with leading symphony orchestras across the country. Marsalis also spent time touring with rock icon Sting and collaborated with the Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby.

He also served as the musical director of “The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno” and hosted National Public Radio’s widely syndicated “Jazz Set.” Marsalis, his father, Ellis Marsalis, Jr., and his brothers are cited as Jazz Masters by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Rounding out the quartet for the performance are Calderazzo, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums. Their most recent recording is “Four MF’s Playin’ Tunes.”

The concert launches the 2018-19 season of “SAC Presents,” a visual and performing arts events series presented by the School of Arts and Communication at OSU. Other performances this season include:

  • Childsplay, featuring Irish singer Karan Casey, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.
  • Angelique Kidjo, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.
  • Oregon Symphony, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.
  • Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.
  • Turtle Island Quartet with Cyrus Chestnut, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019.
  • Jenny Scheinman & H. Lee Waters: Kannapolis - A Moving Portrait, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019.  

Individual performance tickets are $30 and $35 in advance, $35 and $40 at the door. All seats are reserved. All of the performances will be held in Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

Discounted season ticket packages and four-performance mini-plans are now on sale online and by phone through Oct. 14. Individual performance tickets also are on sale. To purchase tickets, visit https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/performance-and-visual-arts-events or call 541-737-5592.

Up to 100 free tickets are available for OSU students for each event. An OSU student discount code is needed and may be obtained in Fairbanks Hall 309A or 309B, or by calling 541-737-5592.

SAC Presents participates in Corvallis Arts for All. If tickets remain on the evening of the performance, individuals in the SNAP program with an Oregon Trail Card may purchase up to two tickets at $5 each starting one hour prior to each performance. For availability of Corvallis Arts for All tickets or for accommodations for people with disabilities, call 541-737-5592.

SAC Presents is funded in part by donations made during the Cornerstone Campaign for the Arts and by OSU Friends of the Arts.

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college's research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.

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By Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592, erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu