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Jason Marsalis

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“Just as his drumming is steeped in both modern and New Orleans rhythmic styles, his vibes playing draws on the rich tradition of that instrument…with commendably ardent swing.” George Kanzler, Jazz Times, May 2009

From a tender young age it was clear that Jason Marsalis  had what it took to be great. Jason is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis and his wife Dolores, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Together, the four brothers and Ellis comprise New Orleans’s venerable first family of jazz.
 
Jason is well known for his prodigal drumming. Working with the Ellis Marsalis trio as well as the Marcus Roberts trio, he has fine tuned his playing in two of the most demanding settings in modern jazz. However, with the release of 2008’s “Music Update,” listeners are now recognizing Jason for his unique sound on the vibraphones.
 
Since 2000, Jason has been a mainstay on the New Orleans scene as a bandleader from the vibraphone chair. These groups have performed at Snug Harbor, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Jazz Playhouse, and The Satchmo Summerfest.
 
Jason has also appeared at jazz venues through the US and Canada, and has toured Europe on the summer festival scene. His playing is unique; drawing from a wide range of influences, Jason performs original music as well as many hidden gems in the jazz literature and beyond.
 
As a drummer, Marsalis collaborates frequently with his brothers Delfeayo and Branford, in addition to Marcus Roberts and Ellis Marsalis. When he is not filling the drum chairs in these groups, Jason performs as a vibraphonist with artists such as Shannon Powell, John Ellis, Roland Guerin, Irvin Mayfield, and many others as well as leading his own quartet.

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet on January 16 to 19, 2014 at Half Note - Trivonianou 17, Metz, Athens - 210 9213360 -  Live start at 22:30 - entrance 10 & 15 euros

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