WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 26, The Branford Marsalis Quartet in concert at the Kennedy Center on March 26, 2011. Branford Marsalis on sax during the concert. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post) (TRACY A WOODWARD/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Marsalis and Blanchard led their respective groups through invigoratingback-to back sets, laced with challenging arrangements and virtuosic turns.Soulful interludes surfaced amid the scorching crescendos, though the bandleaders weren’t always at the center of attention.Marsalis seemed eager to showcase his longtime pianist Joey Calderazzo-- a smart move despite some technical glitches. Calderazzo offered twoself-penned tunes that displayed his formidable technique and imagination. His opening—as yet untitled-- contribution set the bar high for the evening.


WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30, In the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on January 30, 2011. Wynton Marsalis with the Lincoln Center Orchestra. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post) (TRACY A WOODWARD/WASHINGTON POST)


WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 26, Terence Blanchard Quintet in concert at the Kennedy Center on March 26, 2011. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post) (TRACY A WOODWARD/THE WASHINGTON POST)