The youngest brother of the NEA Jazz Master Marsalis family, Jason has long been recognized as an in-demand drummer and record producer. Working with the Ellis Marsalis trio as well as the Marcus Roberts trio, he has fine tuned his playing in two of the most demanding settings in modern jazz. However, with the release of 2008’s Music Update, listeners are now recognizing Jason for his unique sound on the vibraphones.
Jason has led his own bands from the vibraphone chair since 2000, appearing at venues like Snug Harbor, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Jazz Playhouse, and The Satchmo Summerfest. Jason has also appeared at many of the foremost jazz venues through the US and Canada, and has toured Europe on the summer festival scene. His playing is unique; drawing from a wide range of influences, Jason performs original music as well as many hidden gems in the jazz literature and beyond.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Those who value serious musicianship, sensitive phrasemaking and thoroughly idiomatic performances of a broad span of repertoire will find this work deeply satisfying.” -Chicago Tribune
“Just as his drumming is steeped in both modern and New Orleans rhythmic styles, his vibes playing draws on the rich tradition of that instrument…with commendably ardent swing.” -Jazz Times
“Music Update explodes from its first track, a short but intense number marked by a second-line beatdriven call to attention. Jason Marsalis sets the stage for the furthest-reaching and most compelling album of his career.” -Down Beat
“The youngest son of the Marsalis family, the drummer Jason Marsalis makes infrequent…self-produced records that are always worth hearing… Jazz often wants to be acceptably cool. Here there’s a sense of an excellent musician trying out something risky without embarrassment.” -New York Times