Newmark Theatre

MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO & RUSSELL MALONE QUARTET

Marcus Roberts Trio
Marcus Roberts, acoustic piano
Bass, tbd
Drums, tbd

Russell Malone Quartet
Russell Malone, guitar
Rick Germanson, piano
Luke Sellick, acoustic bass
Willie Jones III, drums

Marcus Roberts

“His combination of talent, ambition, discipline, stylistic openness and resourcefulness suggest that he is a remarkable musician—perhaps even a Phenomenon…”, writes Michael West (Jazz Times) of Marcus Roberts. According to Roberts, however, he is just honored to be a part of a phenomenal trio—one that is grounded in his long-term musical partnership with drummer Jason Marsalis (who took over the drum chair in 1994) combined with the gifted musicianship of bassist Rodney Jordon, whose profound musical intelligence has left its mark on the trio since joining the group in 2009.

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 imaginations. The trio is known for having almost telepathic communication on the stage.  And more than a few concertgoers have been heard to say that it sounds like a lot more than three people up there on the stage!

The Marcus Roberts Trio believes in ‘letting the music take over’ and the result is a powerfully rhythmic and melodic sound that is filled with dynamic contrast. One of the most enjoyable aspects of watching this trio perform is that it is so evident that these three musicians are really having fun playing together.

marcusroberts.com

Russell Malone

“Obviously, we are in the capable hands of a master. Absolutely fluid touch and beautiful integration between moving lines and harmonic cadences. The sound of the instrument is well- balanced throughout the entire register. The relaxed quality of everything that’s being played gives it such a warm feeling. To play that stuff is extremely hard. This is an absolute master, the best of the best.”

– Kurt Rosewinkel, responding to Russell Malone’s solo performance of “Remind Me” on Playground [MaxJazz,2004|, in a DownBeat Blindfold Test.

Newmark Theatre : Upcoming Events

Newmark

Oregon Children's Theatre presents Pete the Cat: The Musical at the Portland'5 Newmark Theatre ...

Showing: 01/20 - 02/18
Newmark

Portland'5 presents National Geographic Live–Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon at...

Showing: 02/19
Newmark

Chabad Center for Jewish Life presents An Historic Evening with Eva Schloss at the Portland'5 Newmark...

Showing: 02/20
Newmark

Portland'5 & Chamber Music Northwest welcome the Miró Quartet with Jeffrey Kahane at the Newmark...

Showing: 02/21
Newmark

2018 PDX Jazz Festival presents Carrington-Coltrane-Spalding: Celebrating the Legacy of Geri Allen at the...

Showing: 02/22
Newmark

2018 PDX Jazz Festival presents Marcus Roberts Trio and Russell Malone Quartet at the Newmark Theatre on...

Showing: 02/23