Pianist Peter Martin will team with New Orleans trumpeter Wendell Brunious to provide the music for "ArtSounds: French Quarter Fête," an event to benefit the Sheldon Art Galleries to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19 at the Sheldon.
Martin and Brunious will team with bassist Chris Thomas - who, like Martin, originally is from St. Louis - and drummer Jason Marsalis in a group billed as the New Orleans Modern Jazz Masters. Brunious, 56, has played with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Eureka Brass Band and is the son of trumpeter John "Picket" Brunious, while Marsalis is the son of famed pianist and teacher Ellis Marsalis and the brother of musicians Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo Marsalis .
The evening also will include a viewing of artwork by artist Ralston Crawford, who though "often remembered for his pre-World-War II precisionist paintings of urban and industrial subjects...produced a significant body of work after 1949 inspired by the visual and auditory culture of New Orleans." The exhibit of Crawford's work currently on display at the Sheldon galleries contains more than 150 photographs, prints, paintings and films.
Patron tickets for the event are on sale now at prices from$100 to $500, and include a pre-concert cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception with music from the Funky Butt Brass Band, VIP concert seating, a post-concert dessert reception and a tax deduction. Patron tickets can be purchased before Tuesday October 25 by calling the Sheldon’s development department at 314-533-9900.
Tickets for just the concert, which begins at 8:00 p.m., are $35 orchestra, $30 balcony, and will go on sale at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 22 via MetroTix or the Sheldon's website.