Giving you the music a day early:
Delfeayo Marsalis is a member of the famed Marsalis family of New Orleans (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason), and Delfeayo Marsalis is bringing his Sweet Thunder: Duke & Shak to Robinson Center Music Hall. So what does that all mean? Well, Sweet Thunder: Duke & Shak is a theatrical jazz production honoring both Duke Ellington and William Shakespeare, and Delfeayo Marsalis is the trombonist, composer and producer heading it all up. The night features Delfeayo Marsalis, actor Kenneth Brown Jr. and a jazz octet running through a modern interpretation of the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn suite “Such Sweet Thunder,” a work including characters from William Shakespeare’s plays. The music starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $39.20 and $52.10.
New York/Nashville, Tenn., rocker — or “rock rock rock” as he phrases it — Brent James comes to Juanita’s with his full band. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. Michigan natives, Brent James & The Contraband draw on influences such as Joe Cocker, Bruce Springsteen. Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp to create their classic rocking with a modern sound grooving rock ‘n’ roll sound.
Here’s Delfeayo Marsalis in action with “What a Wonderful World”: