In the Jazz Age

Branford Marsalis and David Driskell Discuss the Influence of Jazz on African American Art, with Marsalis Performance to Follow Feb. 15

By Annamarya Scaccia

Branford Marsalis is a renowned saxophonist. David C. Driskell is a prominent fine artist.

These two pioneers work in what seem to be two very different creative disciplines. Marsalis is a three-time Grammy Award winning jazz musician who’s worked with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and runs his own label, Marsalis Music, while Driskell is an University of Maryland art professor and pioneer in catapulting African American art into the mainstream. Ultimately, though, these two fields connect them. So much so that Marsalis and Driskell will come together on Friday, February 15 to discuss how jazz inspires African American visual art.

The free discussion, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will precede an 8 p.m. performance by Marsalis at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Stadium Drive & Rte. 193 in College Park. The concert will take place in conjunction with the opening of the new David C. Driskell Center exhibit, “Convergence: The Intersection of Visual and Performance Art in Jazz,” showcasing African American artists influenced by the musical form.

The two-part event is funded in part by a gift from Barbara and Charles Reiher. It is also sponsored by the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City.

An Evening with Branford Marsalis and David Driskell

Friday, February 15

Discussion: 6 p.m., Free

Performance: 8 p.m., $10-$35

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

University of Maryland

Stadium Drive and Rte. 193

College Park, MD 20742

Photo Credit: Branford Marsalis by Eric Ryan Anderson/Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Published on Prince George’s Suite – Monday, February 4, 2013

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