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Marcus Roberts and his trio will be in town to perform three shows at the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances this weekend. Tune in for a conversation with the great pianist Thurday 8:30.

Roberts grew up in Jacksonville, Florida where his mother’s gospel singing and the music of the local church left a lasting impact on his own musical style. After losing his sight at age five, he began teaching himself to play piano; he had his first formal lesson at age 12. Roberts later went on to study classical piano at Florida State University with Leonidas Lipovetsky. Among the many competitions that Roberts has won and awards that he has received over the years, the one that is most personally meaningful to him is the Helen Keller Award for Personal Achievement.

Roberts toured with Wynton Marsalis starting at age 21 for six years, when he left to tour and record with his own band. Roberts’ critically-acclaimed legacy of recorded music reflects his tremendous versatility as an artist; his recordings include solo piano, duets, and trio arrangements of jazz standards as well as original suites of music, large ensemble works, and symphony orchestra recordings.

He is bringing a stellar trio with him to perform, featuring Jason Marsalis on drums and bassist Rodney Jordan. Marsalis has been with him for almost 25 years and Jordan has been playing in the trio for about 10 years. this trio is  as good as they get and they will have you swining and tapping your feet to their blend of standards, originals and always a few surprises. in fact, sometimes they don't even know what's coming next!

Get more information and your tickets here.

They are performing 3 shows, Saturday evening, Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening. Check them out below: