Tribute to Max Roach's "M'Boom" ft. the Jason Marsalis Percussion Ensemble

Date: Mar 9, 2013 12:00:00

NEW ORLEANS, La. (February 28, 2013) – As a surprise addition to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s (NOJO) Spring 2013 Hometown Concert Series and Audubon Zoo’s calendar, the Jason Marsalis Percussion Ensemble will present a tribute to Max Roach’s legendary album M’Boom on the Capital One Stage at Audubon Zoo from Noon to 2:00 pm.

An iconic release for Roach, M’Boom creates melodies using only percussion instruments; the performance will feature chimes, timbales, marimba, vibes, xylophone, timpani, various bells and steel drums, to name a few. The concert is free with admission to the Audubon Zoo and will also include a short opening performance by the New Orleans Jazz Institute’s Saturday Music School students.

Marsalis will also host a Master Class about the tribute on Tuesday, March 5th, at theUniversity of New Orleans Performing Arts Center (Room 103) beginning at 3:00pm. The Master Class is free and open to the public. The March 9th concert is the third event of NOJO’s Spring 2013 Hometown Concert Series, which is being presented byPopeyes. Additional information about the series is available at

The M’Boom event is included in admission to Audubon Zoo, which is $17.50 for adults, $12 for children 2-12, and $13 for seniors 65+. Audubon Nature Institute members are admitted free of charge.  For information, visit or phone (504) 581-4629.

About The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
NOJO is a performing-arts organization whose goal is to strengthen the business of Jazz through performances, touring, recordings, education, and media platforms. Founded in 2002 by trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader Irvin Mayfield, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s mission is to inspire freedom and culture in the individual and global community by creating authentic, engaging Jazz experiences, while celebrating the origins and transforming the future of Jazz. For more information, please

About Audubon Nature Institute
The not-for-profit Audubon Nature Institute operates parks and museums in New Orleans dedicated to Celebrating the Wonders of Nature: Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Wilderness Park, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Park and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

About Jason Marsalis
By the age of six, Jason Marsalis had his first real drum set and was studying with the legendary James Black. At seven, he was sitting in with his father Ellis’ Jazz group, as well as playing with his trombonist brother Delfeayo. By the age of nine, Jason was becoming a seasoned road veteran, even traveling to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. Shortly after graduation from the acclaimed New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), Marsalis ascended to the drum throne of a new group led by Marcus Roberts, virtuoso pianist and former sideman for Wynton Marsalis. Despite a demanding touring schedule, Marsalis furthered his education at Loyola University in New Orleans, as well as studied composition with Roger Dickerson at Southern University. While Marsalis has worked with such Jazz luminaries as Joe Henderson, Marcus Printup, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Lionel Hampton, he remains visible on the New Orleans scene as well, working with a diverse cross section of bands, from Casa Samba (Brazilian) to Neslort (Jazz fusion). He is also a co-founder of the Latin Jazz group Los Hombres Calientes.



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