ARLINGTON - Jason
Marsalis was born into what has been called “the first family of jazz.”
But at The University of Texas at Arlington, the drummer has another
claim to fame. He went to high school in New Orleans with Adonis Rose,
founder of the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra (FWJO) and jazz
artist-in-residence in UT Arlington’s noteworthy jazz studies program.
two former classmates will reunite for a FWJO concert at 8 p.m. Friday,
May 16, in Texas Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive. Tickets are $20 and can
be bought at https://buy.ticketstothecity.com/purchase.php?date_id=647.
Marsalis is the son of Ellis Marsalis, a renowned pianist and jazz
educator, who is patriarch of a musical dynasty that includes three
other sons: eldest Branford Marsalis, a saxophonist; visionary
trumpeter and Pulitzer Prize-winner Wynton Marsalis and Delfeayo
Marsalis, a well-known trombonist. Youngest brother Jason began playing
toy drums when he was 3 years old, moved to violin, and returned
permanently to drums at age 12. In 1991, when he was 14, he made his
first appearance on the “Heart of Gold” compact disc with his father.
first CD, “The Year of the Drummer,” was released in 1998 and received
many accolades. The same year, he became a founding member of
multi-award-winning Los Hombres Calientes. Marsalis left the group in
2001 to pursue his affiliation with pianist Marcus Roberts and to form
his own quintet with John Ellis, tenor saxophone; Derek Douget, alto
and soprano saxophones; Jonathan Lefcoski, piano; and Peter Harris on
bass. His CD “Music in Motion,” which he produced in 2000, features all
his own original material.
Rose relocated from New Orleans to Arlington following Hurricane
Katrina in 2005 and founded the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra in 2005. A
renowned jazz drummer, he grew up in New Orleans and has played with
some of the world’s most esteemed jazz artists, from nine-time
Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis to three-time Grammy-winning
entertainer Harry Connick Jr. He created and played the drum
arrangement for Spike Lee’s HBO documentary, “When the Levees Broke: A
Requiem in Four Acts.
who started touring at age 17, attended Berklee College of Music in
Boston. He has toured with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Aaron
Neville and Dr. John, among others. Before Hurricane Katrina struck, he
was touring with Harry Connick Jr., Ellis Marsalis and others. He
recorded his two current CDs, “On the Verge” and “Adonis Rose and the
N.O. Vaders,” during that time. He has four solo recordings and has
performed on more than 50 recordings overall. He has recorded with
saxophonist Donald Harrison, pianist Peter Martin, trumpeter Nicholas
Payton, vocalist Phillip Manuel and trumpeter/keyboardist Irvin
Rose, who joined the UT Arlington faculty last fall, had previously taught at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
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