While most jazz trios have the piano front and center, all members of the Marcus Roberts Trio share equally in shaping the direction of the music by changing its tempo, mood, texture, or form at any time. And they do this with lightning quick musical reflexes and creative imagination. The trio is known for having almost telepathic communication on the stage. And more than a few concert goers have been heard to say that it sounds like a lot more than three people up there on the stage! The Marcus Roberts Trio believes in 'letting the music take over' and the result is a powerfully rhythmic and melodic sound that is filled with rhythmic, harmonic, and dynamic contrast.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of watching this trio perform is that it is so evident that these three musicians are really having fun playing together and listening to each other.
In the course of a single piece, he constantly modulates grooves, tempos and keys, plays separate time signatures with the right hand and the left, and, as he puts it, "flips around the roles of the piano, bass and drums by giving everyone an equal opportunity to develop the concepts and themes, to change the form, to get us where we're getting ready to go. These influences provide a rich foundation for the ever evolving and expanding sound of the Marcus Roberts Trio.
The musical cues combine with musical inspiration from all over the world, which guarantees that audiences never know where this trio is heading; influences from Africa, Europe, and South Amerca are combined with American traditions to give this group an infinite palate of styles, timbres and colors to draw from.
He grew up playing bass in church and like Marcus Roberts, these roots are are the foundation for his rich and soulful sound. Jordan went on to study classical upright bass at Jackson State University.
This training led him to positions as Assistant Principal Bassist and Principal Bassist with leading state and regional orchestras in Mississippi and Georgia. The larger group adds several brass and wind players, most of them something alumni of Florida State University, where Roberts studied and now teaches. Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, Roberts began losing his vision to glaucoma and cataracts at age 5.
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He taught himself piano, with no formal instruction until age 12, and he learned braille at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, also the alma mater of Ray Charles. Aside from his personal story, Roberts says multigenerational collaboration is vital to the history and future of jazz itself. The CD recordings that he has released over the past few years, for instance of him playing the Link organ in the Church of the Holy Ghost in the town where he was born - Neuburg a.
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Donau, are dedicated to music from his favourite epochs. Sterk has performed as a member of well-known orchestras, like the Munich Philharmonic, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg.
At the same time numerous engagements opened his mind to the new and unconventional that he encountered in film music, traditional folk music and crossover programmes.