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Brandford Marsalis und Kurt Elling © Palma Kolansky

Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling

«Upward Spiral»

Sunday 2 April 2017
19:30 – ca. 21:15
Großer Saal

Event has already taken place


Kurt Elling, Gesang

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Branford Marsalis, Saxophon

Joey Calderazzo, Klavier

Eric Revis, Kontrabass

Justin Faulkner, Schlagzeug

Robert Hunter, Tontechnik


Joey Calderazzo

The mighty sword

George Gershwin

There's a boat dat's leavin' soon for New York (Porgy and Bess) (1935)

Bob Russell, Lester Lee

Blue gardenia

Antônio Carlos Jobim

Só tinha de ser com você

Chris Whitley

From one island to another

Sonny Rollins


Frank Sinatra, Joel Herron, Jack Wolf

I'm a fool to want you

Stanley Turrentine, Julian Priester

As long as you're living


Practical arrangement

Joey Calderazzo

The return (upward spiral)



Johannes Brahms

Nicht wandle, mein Licht op. 52/17 (Liebeslieder. 18 Walzer) (Bearbeitung: Joey Calderazzo) (1868-1869)


St. James infirmary


Unterstützt von Erste Bank
Medienpartner Ö1 Club

Subscription series Jazz


Presented by Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft

«Upward Spiral»

Opposites combined in the best possible way – that is certainly the case with Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling: Branford Marsalis with his spontaneous, musically provocative playing and his legendary quartets is one of the best and best-known saxophonists of our time. Kurt Elling, frequently called simply «The Voice», is famous for his technical precision. «Upward Spiral», the first joint album by Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling, includes pieces by Nat King Cole, George Gershwin, from Antonio Carlos Jobim and Abbey Lincoln to Sting. The two artists achieve a very successful synthesis: the saxophone sounds just as melodious as the singer’s voice, which in turn imitates the instrument. Branford Marsalis, who suggested the project to the Grammy-winning Kurt Elling, was interested in integrating the voice as a fifth instrument into his ensemble and creating music of the highest calibre.

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