Béla Fleck, as the world’s preeminent banjo player, has garnered a reputation for genre bending as a result of his collaborations with a tabla player, an African thumb pianist and a traditional bluegrass band. The Marcus Roberts Trio, led by Roberts on piano, Jason Marsalis on drums and Rodney Jordan on bass, are keen torch-holders of the classic jazz tradition.
The mix of these four — Roberts, Fleck, Jordan, Marsalis — create a new way forward in jazz, deeply rooted in the form while pulling from their extensive backgrounds and musical journeys, thereby creating stellar performances that are exuberant, fresh, soaring, bold, and, of course, eclectic.
Don’t miss this one-night only show at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Born and raised in New York City, Fleck began his musical career playing the guitar. In the early 1960s, while watching “The Beverly Hillbillies,” the bluegrass sounds of Flatt & Scruggs flowed out of the TV set and into his young brain. Earl Scruggs’s banjo style hooked Fleck’s interest immediately.
“It was like sparks going off in my head,” he later said.
In September 1973 Fleck’s grandfather bought him a banjo and it became his full-time passion.
The recipient of multiple Grammy Awards going back to 1998, Béla Flecks’ total Grammy count is 14 Grammys won, and 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more different categories than anyone in Grammy history.
Tickets to Béla Fleck & The Marcus Roberts Trio are $39 to $49, with premium seats at $59. Tickets are available online at threestages.net or from Three Stages ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.