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Bethlehem, Pa., March 17, 2006— The Marcus Roberts Trio will present a concert performance titled “New Orleans Meets Harlem,” at Moravian College on Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. The trio consists of pianist Marcus Roberts, bassist Roland Guerin, and drummer Jason Marsalis.
Blinded at age five, Roberts taught himself to play the piano at age eight before beginning formal lessons at 12. He invented the jazz trio style in which all members share in shaping the music by changing tempo, mood, texture, and form through musical cues. Roberts however is still a jazz traditionalist. Currently he is assistant professor of jazz studies at Florida State University, and in addition to his work with college students, has been instrumental in forming outreach and residency programs for children. Roberts is known for several solo CDs, including Portraits in Blue and The Joy of Joplin. He and his trio have released such albums as Cole After Midnight, In Honor of Duke, and Time and Circumstance.
Bassist Roland Guerin began his career with Mark Whitfield’s Band after earning a marketing degree from Southern University. During that time, he developed an interest in jazz music, which turned out to be his calling. A spiritual performer, Guerin has designed his own one-of-a-kind bass guitar based on a vision. He also says that all the tracks on his album The Winds of the New Land were inspired by God. In addition to touring with the trio, he leads the Roland Guerin Sextet.
The youngest member of the famed musical Marsalis family, Jason Marsalis, is well-known for his polyrhythmic drumming style. He studied classical percussion at Loyola University in New Orleans before playing with many other groups. Prior to joining the Marcus Roberts Trio, he was a co-founder and member of Los Hombres Calientes. Marsalis continues to make appearances with a selection of musicians, especially his father, Ellis.
Tickets for the concert are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students and children under 12. Foy Concert Hall is located at Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Main and Board Streets, Bethlehem, Pa. The concert is sponsored in part by MCS Industries, Inc. For more information, call 610 861-1650.