STAMFORD, Conn. – The Stamford Symphony will present the Wynton Marsalis Quintet at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the Palace Theatre.
In addition to the concert, the symphony is hosting a special event that will benefit music education, a cause meaningful to both the symphony and Marsalis, with “All That Jazz” taking place at 6 p.m. on the night of the concert in the upper lobby of the Palace Theatre.
It will be a night to bop and groove with live jazz piano, cocktails and dinner catered by Marcia Selden. After the 8 p.m. concert, dinner guests will be invited back to a dessert reception, where they will have the special opportunity to meet Marsalis.
Grammy® award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Marsalis has had an impressive career as a jazz musician, trumpeter, composer, bandleader and advocate for the arts and educator. He is co-founder, managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz.
He was born into a musical family in New Orleans in 1961. He began his classical training on trumpet at age 12. At 17, he was the youngest student to have ever been accepted into Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center. After the program, Marsalis attended Juilliard School and soon after joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. His recording career debuted in 1982, and he has since recorded more than 70 jazz and classical recordings, which have won him nine Grammy awards and sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. In July 2014, Marsalis became the director of jazz studies at the Juilliard School.
The Wynton Marsalis Quintet is comprised of Walter Blanding, saxophone; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Ali Jackson, drums; Dan Nimmer, piano; and Marsalis on trumpet.
The cost to attend the special event is $125 per person. Concert tickets are additional. To make a reservation to the event, contact Patron Services at 203-325-1407 Ext. 10. Concert tickets are available via the box office at 203-325-4466 or online here .
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