October 01, 2021

Landmark Sessions: Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band, Benny Goodman Edition

Live at South on Main

The Landmark Sessions concert series, live at South on Main in fall of 2019, spanned genre and style with jazz pianist Peter Martin, bluegrass band Chatham County Line, and Rev. Sekou’s unique combination of blues, soul, and steel guitar. But the series also traversed time and history. In November of 2019, Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band, Benny Goodman Edition performed original numbers by Marsalis along with songs recorded in the 1930s.

After studying the music of the Benny Goodman Quartet around 2008, Marsalis decided to form a group with the same instrumentation and thus, the 21st Century Trad Band, Benny Goodman Edition was born. While their first shows were dedicated to songs the Benny Goodman Quartet recorded, their music has evolved to include hits that followed the quartet’s initial records as well as original music from Marsalis and the band.

Members of the 21st Century Trad Band, Benny Goodman Edition include Marsalis on vibraphone, Joe Goldberg on clarinet, Kris Tokarski on piano, and Gerald T. Watkins Jr. on drums.

Frontman Jason Marsalis was a gifted musician from a young age, diving into the world of jazz with his first real drumset before the age of six, and touring with his father, Ellis Marsalis, by nine. His musical career is long and varied; he has performed with such talent as Lionel Hampton, Joe Henderson, and piano virtuoso Marcus Roberts. You can learn more about Jason Marsalis at his website.

Watch the performance from Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band, Benny Goodman Edition below!

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication, and our season sponsor, the University of Arkansas for Medical Science.