The grand finale of the 2024 Pittsfield CityJazz Festival is an extraordinary event titled From Rags to Rhythm to Duke, which will immerse the audience in the captivating performance of The Marcus Robert Trio, showcasing the brilliance of one of the foremost pianists of his generation. The trio will present a diverse musical journey, featuring Marcus Robert’s original 12-movement anthology, “From Rags to Rhythm,” alongside a special tribute to Duke Ellington on the occasion of his 125th birthday. This final concert of the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival will also showcase The Berkshires Jazz All Star Youth Ensemble, adding youthful energy to the stage.
Marcus Robert’s remarkable journey, highlighted in a 60 Minutes episode titled “The Virtuoso,” traces his life from Jacksonville, Florida, and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind to his illustrious career as an award-winning performer and composer. With over 30 critically acclaimed recordings in the first 15 years of his career, Marcus Roberts has left an indelible mark on the world of jazz. Whether performing solo piano, with a trio, big band or symphony orchestra, his musical prowess spans a wide spectrum, making him a perfect embodiment of the spirit of Jazz Appreciation Month.
Beyond his musical achievements, Marcus Roberts established the J-Master Records label in 2009 and founded the Modern Jazz Generation, a multigenerational ensemble reflecting his commitment to mentoring and training emerging jazz talents. A leading force in preserving the jazz tradition, Marcus Roberts continues to keep the jazz torch burning bright. Don’t miss this extraordinary culmination of talent and celebration at the 2024 Pittsfield CityJazz Festival.