Venue: Piedmont Room at Park Tavern. Tickets $40 (FreshTix). Doors 10pm. Jam 11pm. Date: May 27
One of the most sought after Jazz and R&B Drummers of his generation, John “Lil’ John” Roberts has maintained his status in the industry as the ultimate heartbeat. A native of Philadelphia, John 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 country’s best young jazz musicians.