Jason Marsalis: BGQ Exploration
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Jason Marsalis
NEA Jazz Master

Jason Marsalis: BGQ Exploration

APR 2–5 | NEA Jazz Masters Week

Apr 03 - Apr 05, 2020
Joe Henderson Lab
FriApr 3
7:00 PM

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FriApr 3
8:30 PM

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SatApr 4
7:00 PM

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8:30 PM

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SunApr 5
6:00 PM

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SunApr 5
7:30 PM

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Jason Marsalis is the youngest member of the illustrious Marsalis clan, but his accomplishments would make fitting laurels for an octogenarian. He performs with his BGQ Exploration quartet, a group dedicated to the 1930s catalog of the epochal Benny Goodman Quartet.

A drummer who established his career on the red-hot New Orleans jazz scene, he spent more than a decade in the Marcus Roberts Trio, one of jazz’s most accomplished and stylistically encompassing ensembles, and co-founded the Afro-Caribbean jazz combo Los Hombres Calientes. In recent years he’s concentrated on the vibraphone, launching Vibes Quartet largely dedicated to original compositions, and now looks to the legacy of Goodman with the BGQ Exploration, revisiting the timeless magic of Goodman’s pioneering 1930s band that highlighted the alchemy of Goodman’s clarinet matched to the vibraphone of Lionel Hampton, and broke societal barriers as one of the first openly racially mixed jazz ensembles. Featuring clarinetist Joe Goldberg, pianist Kris Tokarski, and drummer Gerald Watkins, Marsalis’s quartet plays with the dynamic control and precision of a chamber ensemble, while their bluesy authority and improvisational firepower leave no doubt why Marsalis was named an NEA Jazz Master along with his father Ellis and his brothers Branford, Wynton, and Delfeayo.

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While the quartet plays with the dynamic control and precision of a chamber ensemble, the band’s bluesy authority and improvisational firepower leave no doubt why Marsalis was named an NEA Jazz Master.

His playing is eccentric within graceful boundaries, concerned with polyrhythm as science, history and gamesmanship, full of technique used to non-slick ends… Discipline and strategy are written deeply into the band.

The New York Times

His playing is eccentric within graceful boundaries, concerned with polyrhythm as science, history and gamesmanship, full of technique used to non-slick ends… Discipline and strategy are written deeply into the band.

The New York Times

Personnel

Jason Marsalis vibes
Joe Goldberg clarinet
Kris Tokarski piano
Gerald Watkins drums

Those who value serious musicianship, sensitive phrasemaking and thoroughly idiomatic performances of a broad span of repertoire will find this [group] deeply satisfying.

Chicago Tribune

Personnel

Jason Marsalis vibes
Joe Goldberg clarinet
Kris Tokarski piano
Gerald Watkins drums

Those who value serious musicianship, sensitive phrasemaking and thoroughly idiomatic performances of a broad span of repertoire will find this [group] deeply satisfying.

Chicago Tribune

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