Harriet & Charles Luckman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 1, 1996

Harriet & Charles Luckman
Fine Arts Complex
Contact: Diane Turner
Phone: (323) 343- 6610
Fax: (323) 343-6423

ELLIS AND BRANFORD MARSALIS APPEAR TOGETHER
IN A RARE JAZZ DUO PERFORMANCE
AT LUCKMAN THEATRE ON MARCH 20

Marsalis presentation has just been added to Luckman Theatre performance roster.

Ellis Marsalis appears together with his son Branford Marsalis in a rare jazz performance featuring music from their duet album Loved Ones at Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre on Wednesday, March 20, 1996, at 8 p.m.

This rare father/son collaboration of piano solos and piano/sax duets features highlights from the recent album. Each piece salutes a different facet of the feminine mystique. The performance will include such American classics as "Delilah," "Laura," "Sweet Lorraine," "Louise," "Stella by Starlight," "Lulu's Back in Town," "Maria" from West Side Story, Cole Porter's "Miss Otis Regrets," the Gershwins' "Liza" and "Bess You is My Woman," Duke Ellington's "Angelica," and "Dear Dolores," an exquisite tribute composed by Ellis and dedicated to his wife.

Together with another of Ellis' sons -- Delfeayo Marsalis as producer -- Ellis and Branford have created an album of indescribable elegance and subtlety which is the inspiration for the Luckman performance.

The Loved Ones project began with Ellis' intention to record a solo album of great songs about unforgettable women. His sweet-toned, poly-harmonic style lent itself perfectly to the undertaking. Yet, as Ellis says, "As I played through these songs, I thought Branford would really sound good on some of them. Branford, to me, is the most creative and imaginative person playing music today." As Branford recalls, he was eager to work with his father. "For years, I'd been sending my dad albums by Keith Jarrett and other modern players," he says. "It was interesting to see him process this information in his own way." "There's no culture clash between Branford and me," says the elder Marsalis. " He's extremely eclectic. He knows these songs and the idioms from which they come."

As patriarch of the entire Marsalis clan, Ellis Marsalis is without a doubt one of today's premiere modern jazz pianists. Not only did he tutor his sons Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason in music, but as an educator at the University of New Orleans and at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, he served as mentor and guide to such prominent contemporary artists as Harry Connick, Jr., Terence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton, to name but a few.

Throughout his own career, Branford Marsalis has blazed trails in all forms of music, from rock with Sting, the Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby, to progressive jazz in his own solo albums. He won a Grammy in 1993 for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group, for his album I Heard You Twice The First Time, and another in 1994 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Barcelona Mona," a single he recorded with Bruce Hornsby for the Olympics in Spain.

Luckman Theatre, part of the Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, is noted for its integrity in bringing innovative dance, music and theatre to Southern California. It is located at the Eastern Avenue exit of the I-10 (San Bernardino) freeway, on the Campus of California State University, Los Angeles. Luckman's striking red brick structures house one of the newest performing arts theatres and fine arts galleries in Los Angeles. The Luckman Fine Arts Gallery--free to the public--is open one hour prior to each theatre performance and Monday through Thursday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For theatre ticket information call (323) 343-6610.


WHO:
Luckman Fine Arts Complex presents Ellis and Branford Marsalis.

WHAT:
Two of jazz music's premier performers appear in a rare father/son duo concert performing music from their newly released album, Loved Ones.

WHERE:
Luckman Theatre at Cal State L.A., at the junction of I-10 (San Bernardino) and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways.

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m.

TICKETS:
$30/$28 general; student /senior prices $12; call (323) 343-6610.

INFO:
Luckman Information-- (323) 343-6610.

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