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Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet: A Tribute to Lionel Hampton

May 1, 7:30 pmMay 5, 8:30 pm

Jazz St. Louis
3536 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103 United States

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Raise The Vibe with Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet as they pay a very special tribute to American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader Lionel Hampton.

From a tender young age it was clear that Jason Marsalis had what it took to be great. Jason is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis and his wife Dolores, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Jason is well known for his prodigal drumming. Working with his father’s group, as well as the great pianist Marcus Roberts, he has fine-tuned his playing in two of the most demanding trio settings in modern jazz. However, with the Basin Street Records release of 2013’s In A World of Mallets, and his recognition as the 2013 rising star winner in the Downbeat Magazine annual critics poll, listeners have now recognized Jason for his unique sound on the vibraphone.

Since 2000, Jason has been a mainstay on the New Orleans scene as a bandleader from the vibraphone chair and has since formed the current incarnation of his Vibes Quartet. Jason’s own playing is unique; drawing from a wide range of influences, he performs original music as well as many hidden gems in the jazz literature and beyond. Jason’s knack for selecting compositions that cover a wide range of moods, rhythms, and emotions, engages the audience, and offers surprises around every turn. As a vibraphonist, he commonly joins Shannon Powell and other New Orleans musicians on the bandstand, as well as touring as the featured soloist with the Lionel Hampton Tribute Orchestra. These varied contemporary collaborations shape Jason’s conception for his Vibes Quartet, as do his respect and admiration for past vibraphone mainstays such as Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, and Bobby Hutcherson.

The limited engagement with Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet shines light on his work with Lionel Hampton’s influential repertoire and is not to be missed!

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