Randy Weston African Rhythms Orchestra Plays James Reese Europe
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Pulitzer-winning trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center artistic director Wynton Marsalis has called Marcus Roberts "the genius of the modern piano," and there's no question that he's one of the greatest jazz pianists and composers working today. Since his Jazz at Lincoln Center debut in 1987, Roberts' deeply significant recorded and commissioned works have honored some of his most revered predecessors of the piano. Roberts has a long history of treasuring the tenets of jazz through his work, which, for the last quarter century, has epitomized preservation through innovation. Joining him for this musical exploration of the Piano Masters of Melody is his new ensemble The Modern Jazz Generation, a large ensemble that features nearly a dozen top musicians spanning three generations, including bassists Thaddeus Expose and Raviv Markovitz, drummer Jason Marsalis and sax man Ricardo Pascale. Learn More
Quotes & Highlights
“Weston has the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since Ellington and Monk as well as the richest, most inventive beat.” —Jazz Critic Stanley Crouch
NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston, internationally renowned pianist, composer and bandleader, has performed throughout the world. Randy Weston returns to BMCC Tribeca PAC after a successful concert this past November celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his landmark album Uhuru Afrika.
James Reese Europe was an American ragtime and early jazz bandleader, arranger, and composer. In 1918, Lt. James Reese Europe made military and music history by being the first African American to lead troops into battle during World War One and to spread the ‘jazz germ’ throughout continental Europe. Mr. Europe obtained a Commission in the New York Army National Guard, where he saw combat as a lieutenant with the 369th Infantry Regiment (the “Harlem Hellfighters”), the band of which he directed to great acclaim. *
African Rhythms Orchestra: T.K.Blue — saxophones, Neil Clarke — percussion, Alex Blake — bass, Howard Johnson — tuba, Vincent Ector — drum, Ayodele Ankhtawi Maakheru — banjo and Robert Trowers — trombone.