As the son of pianist Ellis Marsalis, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo, from a tender young age it was clear that Jason Marsalis had what it took to be great. Jason began studying the drums with legendary New Orleans drummer James Black at age six, and by age seven he was sitting in with his father’s jazz group. After leaving his native New Orleans for Brooklyn in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he returned to his home city in 2007 and made his album debut on vibes on 2009’s Music Update. He has gone on to release albums as a bandleader on vibes as well as recording and performing with a wide range of musical luminaries, including members of his illustrious family. With each passing year Jason Marsalis continues to grow and develop as both a composer and performer.
“His playing is eccentric within graceful boundaries, concerned with polyrhythm as science, history and gamesmanship, full of technique…” – New York Times