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    Orchestra Iowa Presents

    Saxophonist Branford Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered people in contemporary music. The former “Tonight Show” band leader, NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee is equally at home performing concertos with symphony orchestras and sitting in with members of the Grateful Dead, but the core of his musical universe remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet.

    After more than three decades, and minimal personnel changes, this celebrated ensemble’s uncompromising interpretation of original compositions, jazz standards and popular classics is unmatched. Reviewer John Zeugner captured the impact of the quartet in live performance in a recent concert review, calling it “casually confident, professional, cerebral, and supercharged with energy. The Branford Marsalis Quartet—was all of those adjectives and more.”