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Marcus Roberts & The Modern Jazz Generation featuring Child Phenom Joey Alexander is LIVE at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola thru January 11th!!

January 8, 2015

marcusRMarcus Roberts, known for his originality as a pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and teacher. His piano style is based on creating a dialogue with the entire history of jazz. His deep soul, inherited from his Mother, a gospel singer, is united by intellect and spirituality that is grounded in understanding what links all generations of jazz musicians together, from Joplin to Monk and Coltrane and on to the present day. Roberts is also known for developing a completely new philosophy and style for the jazz trio in which the bass, drums, and piano are all featured equally. While his music is steeped in tradition, the tradition only serves as a springboard for the creation of new sounds, concepts, and ideas that have served as a foundation for his many original compositions for solo piano, trio, large ensemble, and piano and orchestra. One of the hallmarks of Roberts’ piano style is the complete independence of his right and left hands, leading many to comment that it sounds like two pianists playing at the same time.

Mr. Roberts, an erudite artist drawn to a mission of edification, has long enjoyed an emeritus status at Jazz at Lincoln Center. His new big band, the Modern Jazz Generation, will hold court this week in the organization’s house nightclub; the child prodigy Joey Alexander, recently signed to a record deal, plays an opening solo piano set on Wednesday (only for the first seating). Wednesday at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday through Jan. 11 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-721-6500.

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