Marcus Roberts & the Modern Jazz Generation

Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation at NC State LIVE on January 24, 2020. Photo by Yasmine Omari.Friday, January 24, 2020 at 8pm

Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union


Pre-show Dinner

Jazz up your evening with a three-course prix fixe dinner at NC State’s 1887 Bistro. Inspired by Marcus Roberts’ ingenuity, our chef has prepared a special menu for the evening. Dinner is $32.95 per person and includes two glasses of wine or beer. The pre-show dinner before Marcus Robert’s concert is SOLD OUT.

Pre-show Talk

What does it take to pull jazz into the next generation? Come hear members of the band talk about their history together and the future of America’s art form. Join us for a pre-show talk at 7pm in Talley Student Union, Room 3222.

About the Performance

When jazz legend Marcus Roberts sits down at the piano, you want to be in that room. He’s got the wild style of Thelonious Monk’s with a little Fats Waller thrown in for good measure. He’s won countless awards (his most cherished is the Helen Keller Award for Personal Achievement), launched his own record label, been commissioned by prestigious jazz festivals and profiled on CBS’ 60 Minutes. But his greatness doesn’t stop there.

Marcus has a driving passion to train the next generation of jazz musicians – a principle of mentoring that he finds critical to the evolution of the form. Partnering with his longtime collaborators Rodney Jordan (on bass) and Jason Marsalis (on drums), they’ve founded the Modern Jazz Generation. The music born from this multigenerational group is charged with history and innovation – truly shaping the next generation of jazz.

On the evening of January 24, the Modern Jazz Generation will journey through the New Orleans and Harlem traditions of jazz from Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong to Sydney Bechet, Earl Hines, and Duke Ellington.

This presentation is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.