In 2014, Marcus Roberts was honored to have his life and work featured on a segment of the celebrated CBS News television show 60 Minutes. The show, entitled “The Virtuoso”, traced Marcus’s life to date from his early roots in Jacksonville and at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind to his remarkable career as a modern jazz musician. For six years Marcus toured with Wynton Marsalis starting at age 21, after which he left to tour and record with his own band. His critically-acclaimed legacy of recorded music reflects his tremendous versatility as an artist and include solo piano, duets, and trio arrangements of jazz standards as well as original suites of music, large ensemble works, and symphony orchestra recordings.
Marcus grew up in Jacksonville, Florida where his mother’s gospel singing and the music of the local church left a lasting impact on his own musical style. After losing his sight at age five, he began teaching himself to play piano. He had his first formal lesson at age 12. Roberts later went on to study classical piano at Florida State University with Leonidas Lipovetsky. Marcus has won many competitions and received many awards over the years, but it is the Helen Keller Award for Personal Achievement that is most personally meaningful to him.