Five Best Things to Do in March
POCKET GUIDE: A cultural short-list for March, in order of buzz
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BRANFORD AND JASON MARSALIS
Hi. This is my brother Marsalis and my other brother Marsalis: In the wake of Wynton’s February gig, two more members of America’s foremost jazz clan swing through town—Jason on March 1 and Branford (right) on March 25.
JASON MARSALIS VIBES QUARTET
March 1 The drum kit and the vibraphone may come from the same branch on the musical tree, but not every percussionist possesses the acute attention to nuance and melody needed for keyboard instruments. The youngest Marsalis brother, however, is more than just a drummer. Here he plays a double bill with Eighth Blackbird and Pacifica Quartet. At 7:30, $10–$25. Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph. harristheaterchicago.org.
BRANFORD MARSALIS, TERENCE BLANCHARD
March 25 Keep those Marsalis Family punch cards handy: Just weeks after Jason plays the Harris, and a month or so following Wynton’s gig with his big band on this very stage, eldest musical son Branford leads his remarkably long-running and virtually telepathic quartet in a double bill with the trumpeter, film composer, and fellow New Orleans native Blanchard. At 8, $25–$85. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org.
Photograph: Palma Kolansky