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Renowned jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis to perform Nov. 5 with Whitworth Jazz Ensemble

October 21, 2016
Marsalis to lead free jazz clinic Nov. 4; all elementary, middle and high school students in attendance will receive one free concert ticket. 

Branford Marsalis, a celebrated jazz and classical musician, renowned three-time Grammy winner and Tony nominee, will hit Spokane Nov. 4 and 5 for a jazz clinic and concert. Marsalis will lead a free jazz clinic at Whitworth University on Nov. 4, and he will perform in concert Nov. 5 with the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble directed by Dan Keberle at the historic Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, in downtown Spokane.

The jazz clinic with Marsalis will take place on Friday, Nov. 4, at 5:15 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth University. Admission is free. Each elementary, middle school and high school student in attendance will receive one free ticket to Saturday’s Whitworth Jazz Concert featuring Marsalis. [Note: students should not bring their instruments to the clinic.]

Marsalis and the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble will take the stage on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, located at 1001 W. Sprague Ave. General admission is $25; students/seniors are $20. Concert tickets may be purchased with personalized service at the Box Office at The Fox or by phone at (509) 624-1200 or online at

Marsalis, a saxophonist and composer who has been named an NEA Jazz Master, is the head of Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002 that allows him to produce both his own projects and those of the jazz world's most promising artists. For more information about Marsalis and his extensive career performing classical and jazz music, please visit

The Whitworth Jazz Ensemble performs locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and has won numerous awards and honors over the past two decades, including top band at several Lionel Hampton jazz festivals and outstanding band at the 2013 Elmhurst Jazz Festival, in Chicago. This is the ensemble’s 28th annual guest-artist concert. The 2016 clinic and concert are sponsored by Whitworth University, ASWU, Principal Financial Group, The Sahlin Foundation.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Dan Keberle, director of Jazz Studies, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4582 or

Whitworth University Music Department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4847 or

Lauren Clark, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or