[JPL] Detroit Symphony Orchestra's 2006-07 Jazz Series

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Thu Apr 27 23:06:02 EDT 2006



DSO Jazz Series to host 2 Marsalises

BY MARK STRYKER
FREE PRESS MUSIC WRITER

April 27, 2006

Wynton and Delfeayo won't be performing, but Branford and papa Ellis will 
be making their way to Detroit. No word yet about Jason.

Announced today, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's 2006-07 Jazz Series will 
have a Marsalis family complexion with two members of the famous family of 
jazz musicians opening and closing the eight-concert series. In October, 
pianist Ellis Marsalis, sire of the clan, will lead a "Tribute to New 
Orleans," the Marsalis' hometown and, of course, the hurricane-damaged city 
that gave birth to jazz.

In May, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, the eldest sibling at 45, will 
appear with his quartet. Branford, who will hold the orchestra's Fred A. 
and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair next season, will also 
appear with the DSO on its Classical Series and conduct master classes and 
workshops for area students.

For the record, Ellis' other sons include trumpeter Wynton, trombonist 
Delfeayo and drummer Jason. The latter often appears with his father, but 
DSO officials aren't sure yet if he'll be on this gig.

For many aficionados the most eye-popping group on the schedule will be 
guitarist Pat Metheny and the Brad Mehldau Trio. In the right setting, 
Metheny can be one of the most satisfying improvisers in jazz, and he's an 
ideal match for Mehldau, whose trio specializes in telepathic interaction 
and flights of brooding ecstasy.

Other performers include Jane Monheit, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Ramsey 
Lewis and David Sanborn.

The DSO also announced its Pops Series, which includes tributes to Motown, 
Ray Charles and Henry Mancini, as well as the Broadway satire "Forbidden 
Broadway."

Contact MARK STRYKER at 313-222-6459 or 
<mailto:stryker at freepress.com>stryker at freepress.com.

Copyright © 2006 Detroit Free Press Inc.


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