Marcus Roberts

9:00pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Jazz Nights In America

Jazz Night In America: Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation

Airs Thursday, July 23, at 9 p.m. Introducing Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation. Roberts’ new 11-piece ensemble - featuring many of his younger protégé - perform original material by Roberts and the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Chick Corea, and Horace Silver. We speak to Roberts and the members of the ensemble about the formation of the band in Tallahassee, Florida and explore what it means to teach jazz through mentorship.

8:00pm

Thu April 16, 2015
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Piano Showdown 2014 Part Two

Airs Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m. One of the annual highlights of the Savannah Music Festival is a concert we produce called "Piano Showdown". It brings together four jazz pianists and allows them to display their original interpretation of songs in both solo and duo settings, with the only requirement being that every pianist has to play at least two songs together. This episode features part two of Piano Showdown 2014, with pianists Aaron Diehl, Christian Sands, Cyrus Chestnut and Marcus Roberts.

8:00pm

Thu April 2, 2015
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Piano Showdown 2014 Part One

Airs Thursday, April 2, at 8 p.m. Nearly every year since 2004, the Savannah Music Festival has lined up four different jazz pianists in a concert that showcases not only their individual talent, but also their ability to perform duets with each of the other pianists on the bill. This episode features highlights from Piano Showdown 2014 with Christian Sands, Aaron Diehl, Marcus Roberts, and Cyrus Chestnut. Part one of two.

8:00pm

Thu January 8, 2015
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Late Night Jam 2014

Airs Thursday, January 8 at 8 p.m.  Legend has it that when Coleman Hawkins squared off against Lester Young in a late night jam in the late 1930s at a Kansas City nightclub, a new saxophone king was crowned who would forever be known as "Prez." Each year, SMF presents a late night jam to wrap up a week of Swing Central Jazz, typically with a "house band" that holds the bandstand, inviting a variety of soloists to participate throughout the evening. The 2014 late night jazz jam featured the Christian McBride Trio with special guests including Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Marcus Roberts, Cyrus Chestnut, Etienne Charles and many more.

8:00pm

Thu December 4, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Marcus Roberts Solo 2013

Marcus Roberts

Airs Thursday, December 4 at 8 p.m. When you survey the history of the piano in 20th century American music, there are several individuals, composers and standards, particularly within jazz and popular songs. Performing a recital that traverses these figures and movements, while ensuring that your renditions remain original, is quite a challenge. In the spring of 2013, pianist Marcus Roberts played a concert at our festival that surveyed a broad cross section of 20th century American music. While he's been featured in a variety of musical contexts at our festival over the past decade, Marcus played a 75-minute recital that included distinctive interpretations of works by Scott Joplin, W.C. Handy, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington as well as some original works and gospel pieces. Tune in to hear highlights from this 2013 SMF concert by the inimitable Marcus Roberts. 

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