Marlon Martinez leads the Marlonius Jazz Orchestra in celebration of its debut album release Marlonius|Strayhorn, featuring the music of Billy Strayhorn and a selection of Marlon’s original compositions. Prior to the performance, Marlon will discuss Strayhorn’s legacy and the Strayhorn project, with moderator and KUSC host Alan Chapman. The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to host this program in conjunction with the renowned Colburn School in LA. 

Hailing from Los Angeles, Marlon Martinez is a young virtuoso bassist and composer emerging at the center of the resurgent Los Angeles jazz scene. He has demonstrated his virtuosity while touring with a wide range of artists, from rock icon Stewart Copeland to classical trailblazers Quatuor Ebène. Marlon is the protégé of mentor Stanley Clarke and studied with legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter in New York City. He is the music director and composer of his big band, Marlonius Jazz Orchestra. Marlon is a winner of Colburn School’s 2020 New Venture Competition and was selected as an artist-in-residence for the inaugural Amplify Series at Colburn School in 2022. This fantastic event will take place Wednesday, December 7th at the Clive Davis Theatre, located at the famed GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles: 800 West Olympic Blvd. Suite A245. Tickets are $30. Call 213-725-5700 for more show information.

Pittsburgh’s Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) is honoring its namesakes, 20th century entertainment legends, Billy Strayhorn and Gene Kelly at their 15th annual benefit concert Suite Life, Saturday, November 26, 2022!

Building on John Shannon’s 2021 reinvention of Suite Life, Kelly Strayhorn Theater invites you to experience the music of composer Billy Strayhorn and the imagery of performer Gene Kelly. Under the stage direction of Monteze Freeland (Co-Artistic Director of City Theatre) and musical direction of Akron-based Theron Brown, vocalists Anita Levels (a Pittsburgh favorite) with Kelsey Robinson and Treasure Treasure (Dance & vocals), James Johnson III (Drums), Jordan McBride (Bass), Reggie Watkins (Trombone), and John Shannon (Guitar) himself will have the audience swooning through an unmissable evening. With media design by artist Scott Andrew and lighting design by Jonathan Bucci Productions, Suite Life 2022 promises to carry the East End tradition with sizzling atmosphere. Celebrate the singular lives of composer Billy Strayhorn and performer Gene Kelly live at Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Concert-goers who donate at the elevated level will receive a musical memoir of the evening’s festivities. The VIP reception begins at 6pm. The jazz concert starts at 8pm. The Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre is located at 5941Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh , PA 15206. For more information call (412) 363-3000.