Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio

Showings

MCG Jazz Concert Hall Sat, Oct 20, 2012 7:00 PM
MCG Jazz Concert Hall Sat, Oct 20, 2012 9:30 PM
Béla Fleck, the world’s preeminent banjo player, has garnered a reputation for genre-bending for his collaborations with a tabla player, an African thumb pianist and a traditional bluegrass band. The Marcus Roberts Trio, led by Roberts on piano, Jason Marsalis on drums and Rodney Jordan on bass, are keen torch-holders of the classic jazz tradition. The mix of these four,- Roberts, Fleck, Jordan, Marsalis-create a new way forward in jazz, deeply rooted in the form, while pulling from the extensive backgrounds and music journeys of all the members-creating stellar performances that are exuberant, fresh, soaring, bold, and, of course, eclectic.
Concert Information
Musicians:Bela Fleck -- banjo
Marcus Roberts -- piano
Jason Marsalis -- drums
Rodney Jordan -- bass
Genre:MCG Jazz Premiere
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Website:belafleck.com
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Description

BÉLA FLECK is often considered the premier banjo player in the world. A New York City native, he picked up the banjo at age 15 after being awed by the bluegrass music of Flatt & Scruggs. Earl Scruggs's banjo style hooked Béla's interest immediately. "It was like sparks going off in my head" he later said. While still in high school he began experimenting with playing bebop jazz on his banjo, mentored by fellow banjo renegade Tony Trischka. In 1980, he released his first solo album, Crossing the Tracks, with material that ranged from straight ahead bluegrass to Chick Corea’s “Spain.”

In 1982, Fleck joined the progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival, making a name for himself on countless solo and ensemble projects ever since as a virtuoso instrumentalist. In 1989 he formed the genre-busting Flecktones, with members equally talented and adventurous as himself. They have shared the stage with Dave Mathews Band, Sting, Bonnie Raitt and the Grateful Dead, among many others, made several appearances on The Tonight Show in the Johnny Carson days and the Jay Leno days, as well as Arsenio Hall, and Conan O'Brian. Béla also appeared on Saturday Night Live and David Letterman's show as well.

The recipients of Multiple Grammy Awards going back to 1998, Béla Flecks' total Grammy count is 14 Grammys won, and 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more different categories than anyone in Grammy history.

THE MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO, led by Roberts on piano, Jason Marsalis on drums and Rodney Jordan on bass, are keen torch-holders of the classic jazz tradition. The mix of these four,— Roberts, Fleck, Jordan, Marsalis—create a new way forward in jazz, deeply rooted in the form, while pulling from the extensive backgrounds and music journeys of all the members—creating stellar performances that are exuberant, fresh, soaring, bold, and, of course, eclectic.

The Marcus Roberts Trio is known for its virtuosic style – a style that is strongly rhythmic, melodic, and filled with dynamic contrast. This trio has an entirely new approach to jazz trio performance. The group was founded in 1995, and 15 years later, they are known around the world for their signature trio style. Roberts’ vision of the jazz trio grew rapidly following the selection of drummer Jason Marsalis for the drum chair in 1994 (when Jason was just 17). Bassist Rodney Jordan is the most recent addition to the trio and his profound musical intelligence has already left its mark on the trio’s sound. Although the piano is typically the focus of most jazz trios, in the Marcus Roberts Trio, all musicians share equally in shaping the direction of the music through changing its tempo, mood, texture, or form, through a system of musical cues. As a result, each trio member’s enormous individual talent is showcased along with the powerfully rhythmic group sound.

This has led more than a few concert goers to comment that it sounds like a lot more than three people up there on the stage! Roberts’ current focus is on expanding their unique trio format to larger ensembles (ranging from quartet to septet, octet and larger). In this way, all musicians on the stage will use their quick musical reflexes and creative imaginations to improvise freely as individuals and as a group while maintaining the same powerfully rhythmic group sound.

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 MCG Jazz' concert hall seats 350 patrons in standard theatre seats and an additional 32 patrons in chairs that are added in the back. When viewing the seating chart, please note that these added chairs are represented by rows P and Q.

The stage is in front of row A and is at the bottom of the seating chart when viewed online. There is a walkway of about four feet between the stage and the first row and the stage is raised off of the ground by about four feet. The auditorium is raked, so that each row is slightly above the row in front of it.

Also, when viewing the map, please be advised that it appears to be reversed. Seat one in each row is on the center aisle. The highest number in each row is closest to the outside wall. There is an aisle between the last seat in each row and the wall.