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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Marcus Roberts’ Modern Jazz Generation on LiveStream

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.

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Marcus Roberts & the Modern Jazz Generation – All Keyed Up

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.

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Piano Jazz Master, Ensemble in Residence at UVM Week of Oct. 20

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.

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