Arts at UNCW

Marcus Roverts Trio

Marcus Roberts Trio

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.

Finally, Roberts has long been dedicated to the training and development of younger musicians. He serves as Associate Artistic Director for the Savannah Music Festival as well as the Director of the annual "Swing Central" high school band competition and educational programs for students from all over the country. He is on the faculty at the School of Music at Florida State University. In May 2014, Roberts many contributions to the field of music were acknowledged through the awarding of an honorary Doctor of Music degree from The Juilliard School. All of this hard work and experience came together in 2012 with the founding of a completely new band-The Modern Jazz Generation, who released their first CD in October of 2014. This multigenerational band was founded on the principles of mentoring in jazz and has 12 accomplished musicians, ranging in age from their early 20s to their 50s. With each year that passes, you can count on Marcus Roberts tackling something new.

You can learn more about Marcus Roberts and his Trio here.

For this concert, Marcus Roberts will be joined by Rodney Jordan on bass and Jason Marsalis on drums.