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Branford Marsalis, SRJO celebrate the music of New Orleans

Branford Marsalis joins the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra for two concerts: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Benaroya Hall and 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Kirkland Performance Center.

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National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and triple Grammy Award winner Branford Marsalis (the eldest of the performing Marsalis brothers) collaborates with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) for a performance celebrating the music of his hometown, New Orleans — from the early brass bands through Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and King Oliver and on to modern interpretations of classic-jazz compositions.

"Basin Street Blues" and "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans" will be among the classics performed.

The concerts are part of SRJO's 2012-13 season as well as the 2012 Earshot Jazz Festival. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; and 3 p.m. Sunday at Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland. There is a waiting list for the Benaroya shows, but a few tickets remain for the Kirkland shows at $65 adults, $59 seniors and $30 students (206-523-6159, or

Gene Stout, Special to The Seattle Times

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