After a recent successful run in The Appel Room, Marcus Roberts is debuting the Modern Jazz Generation to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Roberts, recently featured on 60 minutes, has a long history of treasuring the tenets of jazz through his work, which for the last quarter century has epitomized preservation through innovation. Since his Jazz at Lincoln Center debut in 1987, his presence has been deeply significant, and his recorded and commissioned works have honored some of his most revered predecessors of the piano. For this project, Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation pay tribute to Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, and Chick Corea.
Marcus Roberts lost his sight when he was just 5 years old. But that didn’t stop him from becoming one of the top pianists of his generation. A prodigious talent, Roberts landed his first recording contract at age 15, then went on to perform with renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who calls him “the genius of modern piano.” The maestro known for his innovative approach to jazz takes the stage with the Modern Jazz Generation, a 12-piece ensemble. Together, these top-notch performers present Romance, Swing and the Blues, an original composition that mixes tight rhythms with wild improvisations.
Piano virtuoso Marcus Roberts, one of the brightest lights in contemporary jazz, and his ensemble, Modern Jazz Generation, will be in residence at the University of Vermont the week of Oct. 20 and will perform at the Flynn Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. The UVM residency is co-sponsored by the Flynn Theatre.
Marcus Roberts Trio: “Celebrates Monk and Trane”
Marcus Roberts, Piano
Jason Marsalis, Drums
Rodney Jordan, Bass