09/23/13 By Ken V
Jason Marsalis to appear at Yoshi’s September 25, 2013
The Youngest member of the Marsalis Family to bring his band and perform on Vibraphone
Jason Marsalis is the youngest member of our first family of jazz, and began to play drums at age three. At age six he was studying with the legendary drummer James Black. He has performed with the pianist Marcus Roberts and now leads his own band which will appear at Yoshi’s.
In a brief interview, Jason described how he took up the vibraphone after a suggestion from his father Ellis Marsalis. Although many drummers double on the instrument, very few of them front a band with the vibraphone. It is also remarkable that a drummer can master an instrument which is the polar opposite of a drum kit. On vibes, the player has to be able to play both chords, produced with from two to four mallets, and melody lines. Unlike drums, the vibes is capable of making gorgeous textural sounds that can be a solo or can be the accompaniment to another instrument. Jason has recorded an album “In a World of Mallets” on Basin Street Records. On this recording, as in his appearance at Yoshi’s, Jason features original compositions.
Jason stressed his training in classical musical and percussion. He said that this gave him invaluable insight into the proper technique of playing vibes and marimba, a similar instrument. “In New Orleans, there is a lot more than traditional jazz. There is really every kind of music, and even in the streets you hear many different styles.”
Seeing Jason live with one of the most challenging and beautiful sounding instruments, will be a special experience not to be missed. As someone stepping out in front of a band that he has created, he will be presenting a very personal and powerful style that is bound to evolve. The vibraphone has a long and rich history that spurs Jason on, from Lionel Hampton, to Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson and beyond. Yoshi’s is known for featuring very special concerts in a beautiful and intimate setting. This one should be unique and very special indeed.
Yoshi’s San Francisco
1330 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Full service bar and food service available
Dinner is served in the main restaurant
Show is 8pm
Tickets are $21 advance and $25 day of the show
Low Cost parking is available at the Japan Center Garage
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