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Marcus Roberts, p
Rodney Jordan, b
Jason Marsalis, dr

Marcus Roberts grew up in Jacksonville, Florida where his mother’s gospel singing and the music of the local church left a lasting impact on his own musical style. After losing his sight at age five, he began teaching himself to play piano. Roberts later went on to study classical piano at Florida State University. Roberts toured with Wynton Marsalis starting at age 21 for six years, when he left to tour and record with his own band. Roberts’ critically-acclaimed legacy of recorded music reflects his tremendous versatility as an artist; his recordings include solo piano, duets, and trio arrangements of jazz standards as well as original suites of music, large ensemble works, and symphony orchestra recordings. Roberts’ release of “New Orleans Meets Harlem, Volume 1” in 2009 was the first on his new label, J-Master Records. Since then, he has released a very popular holiday recording, “Celebrating Christmas”, a nonet recording of an original suite, “Deep in the Shed: A Blues Suite” (2012), a collaborative CD of the Marcus Roberts Trio with Béla Fleck called “Across the Imaginary Divide”, and in 2013, three critically acclaimed CDs—“From Rags to Rhythm”, “Together Again: Live in Concert”, and “Together Again: In the Studio”. In 2014, Roberts released another suite of all-original music, called “Romance, Swing, and the Blues”. Roberts is an accomplished composer who has received numerous commissioning awards. Most recently, he was commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Savannah Music Festival to write his first piano concerto—“Spirit of the Blues: Piano Concerto in C-Minor”. The concerto was premiered with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Robert Spano in 2013. Roberts has since performed with orchestras all over the world. Finally, Roberts has long been dedicated to the training and development of younger musicians. In May 2014, Roberts many contributions to the field of music were acknowledged through the awarding of an honorary Doctor of Music degree from The Juilliard School. All of this hard work and experience came together in 2012 with the founding of a completely new band—The Modern Jazz Generation, who released their first CD in October of 2014 and who Marcus presented to great success at last year’s International Jazzfestival Bern. With each year that passes, you can count on Marcus Roberts tackling something new.


Biréli Lagrène, g
Franck Wolf, sax
Hono Winterstein, g
William Brunard, b
Special guest: Florin Niculescu, viol

Biréli Lagrène was born on September 4, 1966, in Soufflenheim, Bas-Rhin Alsace, France in a traditional Manouche-Romani people (Gypsy) family and community. He started playing the guitar at the age of four. He grew up in the loving but tough environment of the "tzigane". When, at the age of eight, he covered Django Reinhardt’s repertoire, his relatives were already calling him a child prodigy. Winning a Romani music festival in Strasbourg at the age of twelve gave him the opportunity to tour in Germany, England and France and, later, to record his performance on the LP “Routes To Django: Live At The Krokodil”. Offered a chance to leave for the United States, Lagrène met the greatest jazz musicians of the international scene such as Stéphane Grappelli, Benny Goodman, and Benny Carter. In 1984, he met Larry Coryell in New York. Later, he was introduced to bassist Jaco Pastorius and ventured with him into jazz fusion. Together, they toured Europe, which contributed a great deal to Lagrène’s musical emancipation. Soon, Lagrène was earning the reputation of having surpassed his idol. Biréli’s versatility – that he proves with his journeys into various musical genres like classical music, rock or fusion – is legendary. The diversity of his repertoire, improvisations and melodies still enthuses audiences worldwide. Biréli’s technical perfection is beyond dispute. His talents as multi-instrumentalist aside, Lagrène also persuaded critics with his vocal arrangements. The list of musicians that Lagrène played with is almost endless. Among them are Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, Richard Galliano, Didier Lockwood, Henri Salvador, Roberto Alagna, Jaco Pastorius, Thomas Dutronc and many others.

Florin Niculescu was born in Bucarest in 1967 into a family of musicians. His mother was a pianist and his father a violinist, who passed on his passion for this instrument to 4 year old Florin. Today Florin is one of the major violin virtuoso musicians on the international scene. He has developed his own unique sound and language, thanks to his solid classical training, but also to the experience he gained with his collaborations with many great musicians. He moved to Paris in the 90s and since then has never stopped to create and develop his art. In 1995 his CD “New Quintet of the Hot Club Of France” with Babik Reinhardt, son of Django, marked a turning point in Florin’s career. His impeccable violin technique and phenomenal virtuosity - admired by all musicians and audiences - are never the goal themselves, but the means to express his musical personality. Similarly, the obvious spiritual connection with his idol Stéphane Grappelli is in no way a limitation of his own expression, but rather a source of innovation. Florin has played and/or recorded with musicians like Biréli Lagrène, Babik Reinhardt, Jimmy Rosenberg, Bucky Pizzarelli, and many others.

Concerts M. Roberts

Tue. 4.4. - Sat. 8.4.2017

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

1st Concert: 7:00 p.m.
2nd Concert: 9:30 p.m.)

Admission: CHF 48.-

Concerts B. Lagrène

Tue. 4.4. - Sat. 8.4.2017

Tuesday, 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, 10:00 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 p.m.

1st Concert: 7:00 p.m.
2nd Concert: 9:30 p.m.)

Admission: CHF 48.-

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