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Friday, March 10th: Mike Jones & Friends, Featuring Celebrity Drummer Lil’ John Roberts

March 10, 2023 @ 7:30 pm 11:00 pm

SHOWTIMES: 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Saxophonist Mike Jones and Friends features Lil’ John Roberts (drums), Godfrey Geranium (keys) and Joel Powell (bass) taking a deep dive into straight ahead jazz and their original compositions.

About Lil’ John Roberts:

One of the most sought after jazz and R&B drummers of his generation, John “Lil’ John” Roberts ’92(Opens in a new window) has maintained his status in the industry as a force to be reckoned with. A native of Philadelphia, Roberts quickly became noted as a child prodigy, playing alongside Christian McBride and Joey Defranceso at the age of 16. Collectively, the trio was also a part of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, a project created and directed by Wynton Marsalis, composed of 22 of the countries best young jazz musicians.

Roberts’ formal studies began in 1991 when he was awarded a full scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, afterwards pursuing a touring career starting with R&B and hip-hop artist Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (Will Smith). He later went on to tour with Dionne Farris, Excape, Monica, the Goodie Mob, and Joi, and soon after that was called to fill the shoes of drummer Jonathan Moffett touring with Janet Jackson at the very early age of 23. Roberts completed three successful tours with Janet Jackson that opened the doors to a whole new world of opportunities. 

His list of credits also include many of the industries greatest such as Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Prince, Sheila E., Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Al Green, B.B. King, Paula Abdul, Yolanda Adams, Bruce Parham, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Patti LaBelle, Juanita Bynum, India.Arie, Queen Latifah, Musiq Soulchild (musical director), Jill Scott, Bilal, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg, and countless others.

Roberts’s television credits include: the Ray Charles Tribute, American IdolThe American Music AwardsBillboard AwardsImage AwardsVH1 Fashion Awards, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, Chris Rock, Oprah, the Ellen DeGeneres ShowGood Morning AmericaJimmy Kimmel Live, the Arsenio Hall ShowThe ViewSaturday Night Live and the pre-Grammy show. Roberts was also seen weeknights in the house band on the Mo’Nique Show, BET’s late night talk show. Currently he divides his time between performances and is faculty position at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music.


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