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Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018

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One of the premier jazz pianists of his generation, Marcus Roberts is familiar with playing solo and with big bands and even symphony orchestras. For 2018 Summer Fest, he leads the Modern Jazz Generation, a lush-sounding medium-sized multi-generational ensemble that will perform his always thoughtful original compositions.

With his Modern Jazz Generation large ensemble, Roberts and his regular trio mates (Rodney Jordan, double bass and Jason Marsalis, drums) are joined by three generations of instrumentalists and mentees on saxophones, clarinet, trumpets, and other brass.

Roberts first came to national prominence as a member of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’ quartet. The winner of the inaugural Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano competition, he would go on to explore the foundational innovations of jazz piano masters such as Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk as well as the legacies of Scott Joplin and George Gershwin. Blessed with ferocious technique as well as deep soul, he’s a piano player’s piano player and a jazz fan’s best friend.



August 12 @ 7:00 pm


Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 Located between 2nd and 3rd St. in downtown San Jose.


Convenient parking available @ 2nd & San Carlos Garage $5 flat fee after 6 PM

Public Transit

Accessible by BART and VTA (2nd & Paseo De San Antonio exit is in front of the Hammer Theatre)