Branford Marsalis Returns to Armstrong Auditorium

EDMOND—Saxophonist and Grammy Award-winner Branford Marsalis and his quartet performed “The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul” for more than 640 concertgoers at Armstrong Auditorium. The 90-minute program contained some of the jazz group’s most emotionally wide-ranging and melody driven pieces.

The performance, sponsored by the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation, had been rescheduled more than once over the past two years due to coronavirus restrictions. Marsalis and his group previously played at Armstrong in 2012. More recently, foundation staff member Mark Jenkins performed a Feb. 11, 2021, event titled, “Mark Jenkins and Friends—A Salute to Ellis Marsalis.”

After the performance, patrons and fans expressed their excitement and appreciation for the music and for Armstrong Auditorium on the travel review website TripAdvisor.

“Very nice facility. Great acoustics. Parking staff and ushering staff did superb job. Branford’s ensemble was great.” —Nathan J

“It is always an absolute pleasure enjoying a performance at the Armstrong. Impeccable grounds, beautiful building and interiors. The hosts are so pleasant and helpful. We always enjoy the wonderful shows. Just an all-around amazing experience!” —LoFam

“Jazz at its finest. I thoroughly enjoyed the concert. It was my first time seeing and hearing a jazz performance. It met all of my expectations. I love jazz music and did not realize that Oklahoma attracted such well-known performers. The experience was electrifying. The musicians played with enthusiasm, and they enjoyed the music as well as I did.” —Virgmae92

“Our first trip to the Armstrong Auditorium was great. Of course we knew Branford Marsalis would be awesome! We have always been fans! The facility itself was very nice, and the staff was helpful and congenial. The quartet was fantastic, with each member extremely talented! Loved the variety of pieces that were chosen. Thank you for a lovely evening!” —Lady2thdr

“Fantastic performance in the beautiful Armstrong Auditorium! Branford Marsalis is an amazing talent! His pianist was fabulous, and gave a wonderful, high-energy performance.” —Cookinmama6

“This was my first event at Armstrong Auditorium and by no means my last!! Branford Marsalis is an amazing musician, and his bandmates are equally talented at their chosen instruments. The selections were so enjoyable and showcased each member’s jazz acumen! The venue itself is designed so well! Acoustics and sound are superb! The seats are wider than usual, with ample room between rows. I can’t wait for my next event there!” —Mary M.

The foundation’s next event at the auditorium is this Sunday, February 20, presenting The King’s Singers.