With a mission of teaching great jazz music to the next generation, Grammy award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis will be resident artist for the jazz program at North Carolina Central University, a predominantly black college in Durham, NC, the Associated Press reports.
Branford Marsalis has recorded 14 albums that draw upon the influences of hip-hop, Cuban music and German Romantic poetry.
Four days a month beginning Monday, Marsalis and other members of his quartet -- pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts -- will share their expertise and artistry with students throughout the spring semester starting Monday.
The Marsalis family has created something of a jazz dynasty. Branford's father, Ellis Jr., plays jazz piano, with his brothers Wynton on trumpet, Delfeayo on trombone and Jason on drums. His brother Jason Marsalis is an artist-in-residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.