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Marcus Roberts Jazz Trio Will Perform at Davidson College

Marcus roberts
Jazz Pianist Marcus Roberts

October 9, 2000
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

The Marcus Roberts Trio will take the creative art of jazz improvisation to new heights on Tuesday, October 17, in an Artists Series performance at Davidson College.

Marcus Roberts, one of today's premier jazz pianists, will join drummer Jason Marsalis and bass player Roland Guerin, in the opening presentation of the college's Artist Series 2000-01. The evening of jazz begins at 7 p.m. in Love Auditorium of Chambers Building with a free pre-concert talk by Roberts on the origins of jazz music. The Trio's performance will follow at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the performance are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For reservations call 894-2135, weekdays 2:30-5:30 p.m.

The trio will also present a special childrenšs performance on Wednesday, October 18. In an interactive lecture and demonstration, Roberts will teach approximately 400 students from area elementary and middle schools about the history of jazz and what distinguishes it from other types of music. This special presentation is a first for Artist Series performers, and was organized to further involve the community in college events.

Roberts is one of the most versatile jazz artists of our time. His accolades and awards are numerous, including first prize at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 1987. He was the first jazz musician to have his first three recordings reach No. 1 on Billboard's traditional jazz chart. Recently, he was named the artist-in-residence for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and concurrent Cultural Olympiad. His knowledge and command of American piano styles has allowed him to integrate that history with his own artistic beliefs to create a modern cultural statement.

For more information on Roberts' performance at Davidson call 894-2192.

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