Marcus Roberts' Modern Jazz Generation, Sunday @7pm On NPR's Jazz Night In America
Jazz Night In America with Christian McBride is NPR's new flagship jazz program, co-produced by our friends at WBGO in Newark and hosted by Christian McBride. The program airs Sundays at 7pm on 91.9 WCLK. This weekend's program features Pianist Marcus Roberts' new ensemble Modern Jazz Generation.
From NPR: Regular visitors to Jazz at Lincoln Center know Marcus Roberts the pianist — as a former member of Wynton Marsalis' bands and the Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra, he still returns often with his own groups. But since leaving Marsalis, he's also become a mentor to many younger musicians, both on the bandstand and in the classroom. His new 11-piece ensemble the Modern Jazz Generation combines his trio with many of his younger protégés, looping the feedback full circle.
Jazz Night In America visits Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola inside Jazz at Lincoln Center to hear original music by Roberts, plus his arrangements of Jelly Roll Morton, Chick Corea and Horace Silver. Along the way, he and his bandmates tell us how the band formed in his Florida State University office, and explore what it means to teach jazz through mentorship.
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