Wikipedia : This day (August 7, 1963), in Jacksonville, Florida, is born Marcus Roberts, an American jazz pianist.
Marcus Roberts : Roberts’ deep respect for the contributions and achievements of the great masters of jazz and classical music has led to his highly innovative and original piano style and philosophy of jazz improvisation. He is also an extremely active composer and arranger, with numerous individual compositions and entire suites of music including “Romance, Swing, and the Blues”, “Deep in the Shed”, “Time and Circumstance”, “In Honor of Duke”, “From Rags to Rhythm”, and “The Sound of the Band”. He has received various commissioning awards, including ones from Jazz at Lincoln Center, Chamber Music America, ASCAP, and the North Carolina Association of Jazz Educators. His most recent commissioning award from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is for a piano concerto to be premiered in 2012.
@allmusic : He has some Thelonious Monk influence, especially in his phrasing, but Roberts’ models have predominantly been Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller.
@last.fm : His albums tend to be homages to past jazz greats, and Roberts has been falsely criticized for a lack of innovation. However, his playing ability and technique have always been highly regarded and his music has added to the vocabulary of modern jazz piano and the piano trio.
Video : What Is This Thing Called Love (2009) . I Got Rhythm . w/ Béla Fleck – Documentary (2012) . Bolivar Blues . Ain’T Misbehavin’ (2000) . Maple Leaf Rag . w/ Wynton Marsalis Septet – Buggy Ride (1995) . w/ Wynton Marsalis – Cherokee (1993) .