Mr. Marsalis is an exact and articulate four-mallet player, shaping the harmony throughout by dampening bars with hand or mallet, keeping tight control over the sustain pedal for maximum variety of sound. ~ Downbeat
Jason is an American jazz drummer, vibraphonist and percussionist and 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 2009, the Marsalis Family received the NEA Jazz Masters award. With each passing year Jason Marsalis continues to grow and develop as both a composer and performer. With a fire in his heart and a passion for the music, his will to swing has never been more resolute. The maturity and the command he possesses over his music is clearly evident to those who have heard or seen him.
See Jason Marsalis play at the Jazz Forum in Tarrytown, NY, on July 19 & 20!