An Evening with Branford Marsalis

Renowned jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his quartet will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday, June 25, on the Dallas Museum of Art’s Ross Avenue Plaza. The concert, celebrating the exhibition The Art of Romare Bearden, is presented by Starbucks Coffee Company as part of the Museum’s Friday Late Nights program.

An Evening with Branford Marsalis will include a 90-minute performance by Marsalis featuring songs from his recent CD Romare Bearden Revealed, which was inspired by the visual imagery of Bearden (1919-1988), one of the most important African-American artists of the 20th century. The Art of Romare Bearden, the most comprehensive retrospective of the Bearden’s paintings and collages to date, was curated by and first opened at the National Gallery of Art in September 2003.

Branford, the most eclectic of the celebrated Marsalis family, has always been a man of numerous musical interests. The 43-year-old Grammy award-winning musician has continued to exercise and expand his skills as a performer, a composer and, at the head of his Marsalis Music label, a producer for both his own projects and those of the jazz world’s most promising new artists. Throughout these diverse activities, Branford has continued to perform worldwide with his quartet, which features pianist Joey Calderazzo; bassist Eric Revis; and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts.

Romare Bearden Revealed, the sixth compact disc to be released by the label since its inception in 2002 was created by Branford at the invitation of the Romare Bearden Foundation in conjunction with The Art of Romare Bearden. The album presents a meditation on Bearden’s vision in which Branford, his quartet, and such illustrious guests as his brother Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. present their own aural impressions of Bearden’s powerful imagery.

After the quartet’s performance, concert goers are invited to view the heralded exhibition of almost 150 paintings, collages, collotypes, monotypes, watercolors and sculpture, as well as the Museum’s newly acquired Bearden painting Soul Three. As part of the Friday Late Night program, the Museum will stay open until midnight with a $6 admission fee to The Art of Romare Bearden that evening. In addition, Starbuck Chill Patrol will be on site making Starbucks favorite blended beverages like Strawberries and Crème.

The Art of Romare Bearden is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and is made possible with generous support from AT&T. The presentation in Dallas is made possible by Dain Rauscher, with promotional support provided by The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Weekly and Southwest Airlines.

The exhibition will be on view in Dallas from June 20, to Sept. 5, 2004. Admission to the Bearden exhibition which includes an audio tour and admission to the permanent collection is $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and children ages 12 to 17. Children under 12 are free. Members receive free admission to Bearden exhibition with a $4 charge for the audio tour.

An Evening with Branford Marsalis and Friday Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art are made possible by Starbucks Coffee Company. Promotional support for the concert has been provided by Smooth Jazz 107.5 The Oasis. Additional support for Friday Late Nights is provided, in part, by JCPenney. Promotional support provided by CBS 11, Infinity Broadcasting: KLUV, KOAI, KRLD, KVIL, The Dallas Morning News, Radio Disney, and The Fairmont Hotel. In-kind support provided, in part, by Lee Danielson Lighting and Daughter Entertainment.

About the Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art is located in downtown Dallas between St. Paul and Harwood streets, just south of Woodall Rodgers Freeway. The DMA charges a general admission fee of $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and children 12 and older. DMA members, students with a current Texas school ID, and children under 12 are free. Admission is free for all on Thursdays after 5 p.m. and the first Tuesday of the month. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Museum is closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For information during business hours, call (214) 922-1200. For a calendar of programs, news of family activities, or to view images of works from the DMA’s permanent collection, visit DallasMuseumofArt.org.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

For more information, call (214) 922-1200 or visit DallasMuseumofArt.org.

About Starbucks Coffee Company
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