Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet

guest_2015-May-JasonMarsalis-Vibe-QuartetJason has not only inherited the virtuosity and compositional skills associated with the Marsalis family, but has also developed a distinctive, polyrhythmic drumming style. Though his first professional gig was with his father at the age of twelve, he studied classical percussion at Loyola University in New Orleans, and worked as a sideman with straight-ahead combosfunk fusion bands, a Brazilian percussion ensemble (Casa Samba), and even a Celtic group. He introduced percussionist Bill Summers to trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and together they co-founded the wildly successful Los Hombres Calientes. Then, at the height of that band’s popularity, Jason left to join up with acclaimed pianist Marcus Roberts.

On August 25, 2009, Marsalis released his first album as a leader on vibraphone, entitled Music Update. The album, which earned 4.5 out of 5 stars in Downbeat Magazine, showcases Jason on vibes with his working quartet, as well as several overdubbed drum ensembles entitled the “Disciplines”. Ben Ratliff from The New York Times described the Jason’s album as “an excellent musician trying out something risky without embarrassment.”

The Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet appears on the June 2015 episode of The Goodnight Show!