Bass clarinetist, composer, and bandleader Todd Marcus demonstrates virtuosity and versatility as a modern jazz instrumentalist breaking new ground. He is one of the few jazz artists worldwide to focus on the use of the bass clarinet as a primary soloing instrument and has been voted a Rising Star by jazz’s DownBeat magazine in 2015, 2014 and 2013.
In concert, he swings hard with modern jazz by the likes of Charlie Parker, Benny Golson and Thelonious Monk and captures the lyrical beauty of composers like Irving Berlin and George Gershwin. While clearly inspired by straight-ahead jazz and classical influences, Marcus has extensively explored the Middle Eastern sounds of his Egyptian- American heritage. Breaking new ground on the jazz frontier, his recent compositions are helping to expand the musical horizons of sophisticated jazz listeners.
Marcus has performed internationally and led his jazz orchestra and smaller ensembles in a host of venues. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York, SFJazz in San Francisco, and the Cairo Jazz Festival in Egypt. Based in Baltimore, he often performs at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Creative Alliance in Baltimore as well as the Kennedy Center, Bohemian Caverns, and Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. He regularly works along the east coast corridor in New York City, Philadelphia and in many other cities. He was a featured guest at the first World Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam, Holland where he was recognized for both his compositions and unique solo voice.
He has worked with jazz artists Bennie Maupin, Don Byron, Larry Willis, Odean Pope, Tim Warfield, Ralph Peterson, Sean Jones, George Colligan, Orrin Evans, Joel Frahm, Xavier Davis, Mike Formanek, and Gary Thomas. Marcus is also a strong clinician and has led jazz workshops and residencies in many cities.
The distinctive and distinguished bandleader offers several ensembles ranging in size and budget. The groups perform jazz standards and Marcus’ own compositions which increasingly reflect the Middle Eastern influences of his Egyptian - American heritage.
• Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra (bass clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, flute, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass,
drums & optional vocalist)
• Todd Marcus Quartet (bass clarinet/clarinet, piano, bass & drums)
• Todd Marcus Trio (bass clarinet/clarinet, bass & drums)
• Todd Marcus Duo (bass clarinet/clarinet & piano)
Each ensemble is also able to provide interactive educational activities.
In addition to feature performances, the Todd Marcus ensembles are all also available for clinics, workshops, and master classes. These education programs can be tailored for children or adults andboth musicians and non-musicians alike. These sessions are designed to expose participants to jazz and cultivate understanding and appreciation for the music. Todd Marcus education projects can be offered as one-time sessions or as a series of sequential events or residencies.
Common topics featured include how to listen to jazz, coaching on ensemble and solo performing and improvisation, incorporation of different styles of music, and discussion of how to pursue a career as a professional musician. Examples can be found here - http://toddmarcusjazz.com/Todd%20Marcus%20educational%20programs.pdf.