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Jason Marsalis LIVE at Jazz Standard!

June 13, 2014
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jmarsalisDrummer and Vibraphonist, Jason Marsalis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Dolores and Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr., a pianist and music professor. His brothers are Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis III , Delfeayo Marsalis, and Mboya Kinyatta. Branford, Wynton, and Delfeayo are also jazz musicians.

Jason has not only inherited the virtuosity and compositional skills associated with the Marsalis family, but has also developed a distinctive, polyrhythmic drumming style. Though his first professional gig was with his father at the age of twelve, he studied classical percussion at Loyola University in New Orleans, and worked as a sideman with straight-ahead combos, funk fusion bands, a Brazilian percussion ensemble (Casa Samba), and even a Celtic group. He introduced percussionist Bill Summers to trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and together they co-founded the wildly successful Los Hombres Calientes. Then, at the height of that band’s popularity, Jason left to join up with acclaimed pianist Marcus Roberts.
On Tuesday June 17th and Wednesday June 18th, Jason Marsalis and his band will be bringing you the best in jazz at the world famous Jazz Standard!
As his album title implies, “In a World of Mallets” advances Jason Marsalis as a vibraphonist, though he’s still known more widely as a drummer. Drawing here from that album, he leads its attentive young crew: the pianist Austin Johnson, the bassist Will Goble and the drummer Dave Potter. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $20

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