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Branford Marsalis Will Perform With the Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble

ITHACA, NY — Legendary jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis will visit Ithaca College in early December to give master classes and perform with the Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mike Titlebaum. Taking place on Monday, Dec. 6, the concert will begin at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music; the doors to Ford Hall will open at 7:30 p.m. Though the concert is free, tickets will be required for general admission and will become available to the general public at Ticket Center Ithaca starting Wednesday, Dec. 1. The limit is two tickets per individual.

If necessary, the Ithaca College School of Music will accommodate overflow with a simulcast performance of the concert in the Hockett Family Recital Hall. Tickets to view the simulcast will become available after tickets to the Ford Hall performance have run out.

A New Orleans native, Branford Marsalis was born into one of that city’s most distinguished musical families, which includes patriarch/pianist/educator Ellis and Branford’s siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. A versatile musician and educator, Branford Marsalis has recorded with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Dizzy Gillespie; toured with Sting; collaborated with the Grateful Dead; established his own record label; won three Grammies; and soloed with the Chicago and Düsseldorf Orchestras.

He is also a colleague of Steven Mauk, professor of saxophone and acting dean of the Ithaca College School of Music.

“I first met Branford in October 2008, although I had been aware of his wonderful contributions to the musical world for decades,” Mauk said. “He was performing a concert at Cornell, and I asked him to present a talk to our music students and faculty. During that visit, we became friends, so I thought he would be a perfect person to serve as an artist in residence at Ithaca College. Although his busy schedule does not allow us much time together, he has always been friendly, open and willing to help the cause of music in any way he can.”

In addition to his achievements as a performer and composer, Marsalis brings a new approach to jazz education. He has shared his knowledge in classrooms across the country, including those at Michigan State, San Francisco State, Stanford and North Carolina Central Universities. He is also reaching student musicians in colleges and high schools through Marsalis Jams, an interactive program in which leading jazz ensembles present concert/jam sessions in mini-residencies.

After his December visit, Marsalis will return to Ithaca College in late March to deliver the keynote address at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

For more information, contact Molly O’Shea, marketing communications manager in the Ithaca College School of Music, at or (607) 274-3370.