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Marsalis Jams

Instead of just recording jazz acts and getting their CDs on store shelves-which is fine, we like that very much-Branford Marsalis is using his new label, Marsalis Music, as a way to produce jazz education programs and events in an effort to nurture the art form. Branford calls the schooling side of the label Marsalis Jams.

The first Marsalis Jams event is a concert/jam session led by Afro-Caribbean jazz saxophone star David Sánchez (pictured) at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., to be held tomorrow at Sweeney Concert Hall on Green Street in Northampton at 8 p.m. (and which is free to members of participating campuses, call Smith’s Steve Waksman at 413-585-3161). Sánchez and his sextet will perform together in the opening set and will be joined by student musicians for a jam in the second set. Those students will have prepared for the improv session at a workshop conducted by Sánchez and his band earlier in the day. On Thursday, the Sánchez and his band will participate in a panel presentation on in the Earle Recital Hall in Sage Hall on the Smith campus.

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