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Grammy-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis to give 2014 Torrance Lecture April 6

  |   Michael Childs   |   Permalink   |   News Release

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and three-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis will deliver the 2014 E. Paul Torrance Lecture at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia on Sunday, April 6.

Marsalis, who will perform with his quartet at 3 p.m. at the UGA Performing Arts Center, will discuss his creative process in the museum's first floor auditorium at 7 p.m. A reception will follow at 8 p.m. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

The Tony Award nominated composer is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. As head of Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002, he has produced both his own projects and those of the jazz world's most promising new and established artists.

Marsalis gained initial acclaim through his work with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and his brother Wynton's quintet in the early 1980s. He has performed and recorded with such jazz giants as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. He has also collaborated with such diverse artists as Sting, the Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby.

Dedicated to changing the future of jazz in the classroom, Marsalis has shared his knowledge at such universities as Michigan State, San Francisco State, Stanford and North Carolina Central, with his full quartet participating in an innovative extended residency at the NCCU campus.

The E. Paul Torrance Lecture, sponsored by the College of Education's Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development, annually brings scholars and creative artists to UGA to discuss issues related to creativity. It was established in 1985 to honor Torrance, a native Georgian and pioneer in research on the identification and development of creative potential.

For more information, visit: Torrance Center

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