Marcus Roberts on Trio Crescent We have been performing John Coltrane’s landmark suite, Crescent, for many years. Coltrane contributed immensely to the jazz language, and not just for the tenor saxophone. Our new CD, released 50 years after Coltrane’s death in 1967, is a natural extension of Trane’s brilliant innovations and contributions to jazz. I think of the original Crescent and Trio Crescent as a part of a continuum. T.S. Eliot in his poem ‘Burnt Norton’wrote “Time present and time past, are both perhaps present in time future”. This is our goal as a trio – the seamless merging of past and present to ensure the future relevance of this great music. On this CD, we include the original Crescent suite in its entirety plus …
In this post, Marcus Roberts shares his thoughts on Black History month and on the current unrest in America.
“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.”
A recording of Marcus Roberts’ new opus suggests he has learned a great deal over the past couple of decades about merging jazz and classical languages.
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.
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, …
Jazz great Wynton Marsalis has hailed Jacksonville native and FSU professor Marcus Roberts as “the genius of modern piano”. This campaign season the critically acclaimed jazz pianist and composer was struck by the diverse voices and perspectives of the candidates.
The pianist Marcus Roberts tries to capture the essence of Ben Carson, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump on a new EP.
Presidential campaigns may inspire people to vote, but they rarely inspire people to compose music. Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts takes up the challenge on a new EP called Race for the White House, which explores the personas of four different candidates from this year’s election cycle.
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 …
Blind since the age of 5 but still achieving his musical dreams on the jazz piano…. News4 JAX. The Morning Show. Click here to watch the interview.
The talented musician talks about his career, shares on his double-LP titled “Romance, Swing and the Blues,” and performs a song from the album.
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.
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.