Jason Marsalis & The 21st Century Trad Band

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
6:00 PM
Doors Open at 5:00 PM


1512 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202  

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Jason Marsalis & The 21st Century Trad Band

Jason Marsalis is the youngest member of the illustrious Marsalis clan, but his accomplishments would make fitting laurels for an octogenarian. A drummer who established his career on the red-hot New Orleans jazz scene, he spent more than a decade in the Marcus Roberts Trio, one of jazz's most accomplished and stylistically encompassing ensembles, and co-founded the Afro-Caribbean jazz combo Los Hombres Calientes with percussionist Bill Summers and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield. The Vibes Quartet focuses on Marsalis' finely wrought originals and material contributed by the band.


Jason is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis and his wife Dolores, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Together, the four brothers and their patriarch Ellis, comprise New Orleans venerable first family of jazz.

In 2013, Jason released a recording as a leader on vibes entitled "In a World of Mallets". The album went to number 1 on the CMJ Radio Charts and also won an Offbeat Magazine award, a New Orleans music magazine, for best Contemporary Jazz Album.

With each passing year Jason Marsalis continues to grow and develop as both a composer and performer. The maturity and the command he possesses over his music is clearly evident to those who have heard or seen him.


Will Goble is steadily carving out a unique space for himself as a bassist and bandleader. Driven by a genuine love for group interaction and a positive exchange with audiences, he leads his own bands and supports other musicians with equal energy and enthusiasm. Will has performed with Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, Wessell Anderson, Lew Soloff, Mike Kocour, Eric Reed, Marcus Printup, Richard Johnson, Martin Bejerano, Vincent Gardner, Eric Rasmussen, and Marcus and Joan Belgrave, among others. His first album as a leader Some Stories Tells No Lies, features his own trio joined by trumpeter Marcus Printup and saxophonist Chad Eby, for originals from Will, drummer Dave Potter and pianist Austin Johnson, as well as fresh takes on compositions by Thelonious Monk, Robert Hurst, and other greats. At the moment, Will tours and records with Jason Marsalis & The 21st Century Trad Band and actively performs and teaches in Phoenix, AZ, where he is currently located.


Drummer and percussionist, Dave Potter is quickly becoming known as a formidable musician. He has performed with many well-known jazz artists and recorded 3 albums with Jason Marsalis as well as the soundtrack to a short film with bassist Delbert Felix. Following his graduation from Florida State University in 2005, he was chosen from a national pool of applicants to be a member of the Louis Armstrong Quintet at the University of New Orleans. Unfortunately, the tragedy of hurricane Katrina temporarily ended his hopes for a career in Louisiana. In the spring of 2006, Dave was awarded a full scholarship to the prestigious Julliard Jazz Program in New York City. However, after several days of intense meditation he declined the offer and returned to Florida State University, where he received his Master's Degree in the winter of 2008 after further collaboration with his mentor Marcus Roberts. Dave is now located in Atlanta where he maintains a busy teaching and performing schedule while also touring the globe as a member of The 21st Century Trad Band.

Austin Johnson:

Austin currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he is on scholarship at the University of New Orleans studying with Victor "Red" Atkins. Prior to arriving to Louisiana, he performed professionally throughout North Carolina as a freelance musician with various local artists and was featured in the Steve Hobbs Quartet. He later finished his bachelor's degree at FSU in Tallahassee, FL where he studied with Marcus Roberts. In both North Carolina and Florida, as well as NOLA, Austin was influenced by his many opportunities to study and perform with musicians such as Carl Allen, Lenora Helm, Branford Marsalis, Stephen Riley, Todd Williams, Winard Harper, Marlon Jordan, Terrell Stafford, Ed Thigpen, Jeff "Train" Watts, Fred Wesley, and Delfeayo Marsalis.

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