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Friday, November 8, 2013

Saturday To-Do: Marcus Roberts Trio

Posted By on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 7:46 AM

The Marcus Roberts Trio performs at South on Main Saturday.
  • The Marcus Roberts Trio performs at South on Main Saturday.


MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO
8 p.m. South on Main. $45.


Jazz lovers, here is your absolute best bet for Saturday night: Veteran pianist Marcus Roberts, bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis, who has long collaborated with Roberts.

Early in his career, Roberts played in Wynton Marsalis's band for six years before venturing out on his own. He's an incredibly versatile player who has cut a number of albums over the last couple of decades, often paying tribute to the figures who inspired him: Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk (check his "Alone with Three Giants" album for interpretations of those three legends).

Jordan joined the trio in 2009. He has been noted for his versatility and is associate professor of jazz studies at Florida State University, where he and Roberts first met. Marsalis is the youngest of Ellis Marsalis's sons. He was a founding member of Los Hombres Calientes, but left that band to play with Roberts. 

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