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'The Greatest American Musician' You've Never Heard Of, And Missouri Legislature's Current Session

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Pianist Marcus Roberts lost his sight at the age of 5, and subsequently taught himself to play piano.

When jazz legend Branford Marsalis calls you "the greatest American musician that no one's ever heard of," you're doing something right (even if your P.R. may need a little work). Today, we meet that musician, Marcus Roberts, and learn about his remarkable life. Then, we consult two statehouse reporters for an idea of what to expect from the latest Missouri legislative session, the first week of which was overshadowed by revelations of an extramarital affair Gov. Eric Greitens had in 2015. 

The Marcus Roberts Trio will perform at The Folly Theater at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 19. For ticketing information, visit FollyTheater.org.

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