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Jazz at the Lobero and The Santa Barbara Symphony present

Marcus Roberts Trio

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Lobero Theatre

About the Event

Artist Residency presented in partnership with The Santa Barbara Symphony

The Marcus Roberts Trio – a long-term musical partnership between pianist, Marcus Roberts, the phenomenal drummer Jason Marsalis, and gifted bassist Rodney Jordan

The Marcus Roberts Trio is known for its virtuosic style and entirely new approach to jazz trio performance. 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!

“One way Roberts individualizes his sound is by utilizing orchestral devices initially borrowed from the Ahmad Jamal Trio. 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.” Ted Panken, Jazziz Magazine

Added to the logic and balanced trio style of Ahmad Jamal, is the swing and virtuosity of the Oscar Peterson Trio, combined with the buoyant joyous sound of Erroll Garner. 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 America are combined with American traditions to give this group an infinite palate of styles, timbres and colors to draw from.

Don’t miss additional performances of the Marcus Roberts Trio in “Riffing on Gershwin” – playing the music of George Gershwin and Florence Price with the Santa Barbara Symphony on May 21st and 22nd at the Granada Theatre.    Tickets available now


Current Covid-19 Guidelines:

In an effort to create the safest possible environment for our guests, all attendees (including children 5 years old and younger) must show proof of vaccination OR supply a negative Covid-19 medical test result (taken within 72 hours prior to each event), before entering the Lobero (over-the-counter tests will not be accepted). Masks are no longer required indoors for vaccinated individuals, but are recommended. Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals. The Lobero staff and ushers have all been fully vaccinated. Adults must show photo ID.

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Ticket Information

$106 - VIP

(VIP ticket includes premier seating)

$46 - Section A

$36 - Section B

(Ticket prices include a per ticket Lobero Facility Fee; other fees may also apply.)

Reserved Seating
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Presented By

This event is presented by Jazz at the Lobero and The Santa Barbara Symphony