Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Marcus Roberts Trio Sat, Sept 16: Gershwin with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra at Shreveport Civic Theater, 7:30 pm

At age 21, Marcus Roberts joined Wynton Marsalis’ band and toured and recorded with the trumpeter for the next six years. Most likely, he played the Strand Theater with Wynton.

Since then, he has developed his own trio, made albums and toured the world.

Roberts’ most recent recording, New Orleans Meets Harlem, is a celebration of how the early roots of jazz - with its ragtime, blues, and New Orleans’ influences - can be combined with the virtuosic Harlem styles to create an entirely new sound, says Miami Fest.

Roberts performs with the jazz royalty. Examples: playing alongside Maestro Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, serving as the Artistic Director for a Franco-American celebration of Louis Armstrong’s legacy at the Opera House of Versailles, participating in the Cultural Olympiad as an artist-in-residence for the 2002 winter Olympic Games, and in 2003, premiering his new arrangement of Gershwin’s Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra in Japan with the New Japan Philharmonic and in Europe, with the Berlin Philharmonic.

To his left is bassist Roland Gurein and on his right is drummer-percussionist Jason Marsalis, the youngest brother of Wynton.

Sat, Sept 16, they join the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra for an evening of orchestral Gershwin.

Thursday, Sept 14, the trio will perform in Centenary College's Anderson Auditorium from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The concert is hosted by Centenary College faculty jazz artist Dr. Doug Rust.

Tickets and more at or at 318-227-8863.

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