Marcus Roberts

Airs Thursday, November 5, at 8 p.m. The many victorious performances made by Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderly added timeless examples of small group jazz to a tradition that developed in the wake of the bebop movement of the 1940s. Working together, the three artists achieved a poetic level of expression that was as playful and tender as it was distinctive and mysterious.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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