Marcus Roberts: New Orleans’ Adopted Son

“If you’re in any band and something goes wrong, you should assume that it’s your fault and try to fix it,” virtuosic pianist, composer and educator Marcus Roberts advises his students at Florida State University. “If everybody does that, the problems will be solved.”

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Swinging the Vote: Jazz Inspired by the Presidential Race

Early in the primary season of the 2016 presidential election, Marcus Roberts made the news with his vision of four of the presidential candidates and their personalities. As detailed in the New York Times this week, Roberts was the just the to take on the presidential candidates in musical form.

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Marcus Roberts leads festival’s ‘Jazz Junior’ event

When it came time for the question-and-answer session at Friday’s “Jazz Junior” program with the Marcus Roberts Trio, Burlington mother Shannon Roesch asked if the musicians liked practicing when they were young or had to be made to do it “kicking and screaming.” When it came time for the question-and-answer session at Friday’s “Jazz Junior” program with the Marcus Roberts Trio, Burlington mother Shannon Roesch asked if the musicians liked practicing when they were young or had to be made to do it “kicking and screaming.” It wasn’t hard to guess from her question that Roesch has experience with the latter. She said after the program ended that her 8-year-old son, Felix, definitely falls into the kicking-and-screaming category when it comes to practicing the piano, …

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Jazz Night in America – Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation

The pianist Marcus Roberts rose to prominence as a gifted performer — first with the Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center bands for years, then with his own trio and as a classical soloist. Along the way, he’s become a mentor to many younger musicians, training many on the bandstand and from his professorship at Florida State University. That’s given rise to a new group called The Modern Jazz Generation, which recently released a suite of original work called Romance, Swing, and the Blues. The band combines his working trio with horn proteges from throughout his career — a dozen musicians in all. Marcus Roberts recently returned to Jazz at Lincoln Center with The Modern Jazz Generation for a five-night run at Dizzy’s Club …

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Marcus Roberts on Charlie Rose

On “Charlie Rose,” a conversation with Marcus Roberts. At age 5, cataracts took away his eyesight. That didn’t stop his vision of becoming a virtuoso pianist and composer and inspiring a generation of aspiring jazz musicians.

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