In two performances honoring jazz legends, the Music Institute of Chicago will present the Marcus Roberts Trio, saluting “Piano Giants” March 14, and “100 Years of Art Blakey,” featuring Jazz Messengers alumni, Tammy McCann and more, March 28. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston.

​On March 14, the Marcus Roberts Trio—Roberts on piano, Rodney Jordan on bass, and Jason Marsalis on drums—pay tribute to “Piano Giants” of the 20th century, including Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. Known for its virtuosic style and entirely new approach to jazz trio performance, the Marcus Roberts Trio members share equally in shaping the direction of the music with lightning reflexes and imagination. Influenced by the famous piano trio styles of Ahmad Jamal and Oscar Peterson, the Marcus Roberts Trio builds from that rich foundation to create an ever-evolving sound, to the delight of jazz audiences across the globe. 

Founded in 1931, the Music Institute of Chicago is empowered by the goal of leading people toward a lifelong engagement with music. It provides widely accessible resources for high-quality music teaching, performing, and service activities. Each year, the Music Institute provides personalized music instruction to more than 2,000 students, regardless of age, level of experience or financial means, across eight Community Music School locations in Chicago. In addition, the Music Institute brings music education, arts curriculum integration, and professional development as well as music performance and engagement opportunities to thousands; offers scholarship opportunities to students in the Academy, a nationally recognized training center for highly gifted pre-college pianists and string players; and inspires more than 15,000 visitors annually at Nichols Concert Hall through performances, master classes, and special events.

The Marcus Roberts Trio performs Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m., and “100 Years of Art Blakey” takes place Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., both at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Admission is $50 for early access seating, $25 for advance purchase, and $30 at the door.

​Tickets are available at musicinst.org/nch or by calling 847.448.8326. All programming is subject to change.

Marcus Roberts Trio to Present Tribute in One of Two Music Institute Concerts Honoring Jazz Legends

Marcus Roberts Trio (photo courtesy of the Marcus Roberts Trio).

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