Marcus Roberts

Daily from May 16-17
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

In the context of his longstanding, simpatico trio with bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis, pianist and composer Marcus Roberts interprets the entire history of jazz and its corollaries (blues, classical) with erudite perspective and originality. Each piece is a revelation of shifting tempos, references, moods. Even Jason’s picky older brother Wynton Marsalis, who once employed Roberts, calls him a genius. The trio’s collaborative approach to improvisation flourished on its last album, 2013’s From Rags to Rhythm, a 12-movement suite built around five themes that Roberts has called dialogues with jazz history. Other recent Roberts projects include a Seiji Ozawa-commissioned fusion of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Concerto in F,” as well as jazz studies of four presidential candidates’ personalities a year before last fall’s election. Trump’s sounds like the Batman theme, concluding with a hollow, derisive laugh — a hint of future turmoil.