Marcus Roberts: “Maple Leaf Rag”

18 Dec

Jacksonville’s Marcus Roberts, blind since the age of 5, plays Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag. Self-taught from 8-12 on piano, attended Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, as did Ray Charles. Went to FSU and now teaches there. Has done albums of the music of Gershwin, Ellington and Joplin. Said one critic: “Glowing is the proper response to Roberts’ music.”

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