FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 1, 1996
Harriet & Charles Luckman
Fine Arts Complex
Contact: Diane Turner
Phone: (323) 343- 6610
Fax: (323) 343-6423
IN A RARE JAZZ DUO PERFORMANCE
AT LUCKMAN THEATRE ON MARCH 20
Marsalis presentation has just been added to Luckman Theatre
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
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
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)
Luckman Fine Arts Complex presents Ellis
and Branford Marsalis.
Two of jazz music's premier performers appear in
a rare father/son duo concert performing music from their newly
released album, Loved Ones.
Luckman Theatre at Cal State L.A., at the junction
of I-10 (San Bernardino) and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways.
Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m.
$30/$28 general; student /senior prices $12; call
Luckman Information-- (323) 343-6610.