John Douglas

Sep 26, 2014 - Sep 27, 2014

Marcus Roberts: Piano Masters of Melody

An instrument of multitudinous function, the piano has played an integral role in the development of jazz since the days of ragtime and remained a central component in the evolution of the music. The prodigious Marcus Roberts 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 occasion, Roberts will focus on four influential melody maestros possessing an original style that greatly influenced his approach to melodic composition: Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, and Chick Corea. Joining Roberts will be The Modern Jazz Generation, featuring Rodney Jordan, bass; Jason Marsalis, drums; Alphonso Horne and Tim Blackmon, trumpets; Ron Westray, trombone; Corey Wilcox, trombone and tuba; Ricardo Pascale, saxophone; Tissa Khosla, baritone and tenor saxophones; Stephen Riley, tenor saxophone; and Joe Goldberg, clarinet.