Last night, down at Two Rivers Park, we enjoyed the music of the Marcus Roberts Trio. From Mr. Roberts' website:
Marcus Roberts is known as one of the most diverse artists in jazz. He has a deep respect for the contributions and achievements of the great masters of jazz and classical music. His highly innovative and original piano style as well as his philosophy of jazz improvisation is a merging of his love for great music from every era with his own creative imagination. In his words, Roberts says, "Every time I sit down to the piano, I draw spontaneously from as much of the history of great music as I have at my fingertips. That's why I never stop studying great music. It just gives me more to draw on in my improvisations." When Roberts performs, the contributions of Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Ellington, Monk, John Coltrane, Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner and others are integrated with his own perspective to create a thoroughly modern sound.
Also in the trio are Jason Marsalis and Roland Guerin. What an incredible jazz heritage!
A couple of the cute kids enjoying the music:
Our picnic dinner:
And the handsome man who accompanied me: