INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED MUSICIAN DELFEAYO MARSALIS TOURS THE U.S. WITH HIS ORIGINAL THEATRICAL JAZZ PRODUCTION SWEET THUNDER HONORING DUKE ELLINGTON AND WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Major U.S. Tour Will Stop in 36 Cities and Towns from January 19 to May 6, 2011 Featuring Marsalis, Actor Kenneth Brown, Jr., and Jazz Octet
Simultaneous Release of Sweet Thunder CD on Troubadour Jass Records
Internationally acclaimed trombonist, composer, producer and 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award recipient Delfeayo Marsalis brings Sweet Thunder a theatrical jazz production featuring actor Kenneth Brown, Jr. and a jazz octet-Marsalis on trombone, Lynn Grissett on trumpet, Shaena Ryan on bari sax, Mark Gross on alto sax, Derek Douget on tenor sax, David Bryant on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Winard Harper on drums -plus full stage set and costuming to 36 American cities and towns from January through May, 2011. The show will be directed by John Grimsley with a script by Charles E. Gerber. Kenneth Brown, Jr. will do the January/February tour dates; actor for the April/May dates TBA.
William Shakespeare’s work defined the scope and depth of English and world literature in a way that remains immediate and powerful to this day, 400 years after they were written; similarly, Duke Ellington’s work outlined what American music could become and laid out the key elements that still define jazz. In 1957, Ellington and collaborator Billy Strayhorn were invited by the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival to compose music in tribute to Shakespeare. They came up with Such Sweet Thunder, which yielded, among other pieces, the poignant portrait of Romeo and Juliet, “Star Crossed Lovers.” Continue reading