They might hate the label “First Family of Jazz,” as repeatedly expressed by Lincoln Center Jazz orchestra musical director Wynton Marsalis, but if anyone deserves the title, this clan is it. The family’s saxophonist (it is interesting to note that neither of the brothers compete with each other on their choice of instruments) is known not only for his occasional thespian skills, but also for being able to deliver poignant, soft melodies like “Maria” or “Stella By Starlight” when playing with patriarch Ellis Marsalis, while also being able to perform more hardcore jazz when playing with his band. On his latest release, “Braggtown” (Marsalis Music), he is joined by drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, pianist Joey Calderazzo and bassist Eric Revis for a collection of sounds that are fiery but cohesive at the same time. Check out the group’s energy on tunes like the odd-metered “Blackzilla,” and also the power of “Jack Baker.” (Ernest Barteldes)
October 13 at Orchestra Hall.