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Primary Instrument: Clarinet

Born: August 25, 1952

Michael Marcus has been an active member of the New York jazz scene for over twenty five years. In the 1980's and 1990's Michael became a prominent figure on the “free jazz” scene...while always staying connected to the tradition!

Since releasing his debut recording as a leader, “Under The Wire” for Enja in 1991, he has continued to be part of the cutting edge in American improvised music, touring the festival and club circuits both in the US and Europe, as well as appearing on over thirty records for Soul Note, Justin' Time, Not Two, Boxholder, CIMP & Qwest/Warner.

He has performed/recorded with: Albert King, Bobby Blue Bland (w/Mel Brown, Wayne Bennett & Morris Atchison), Sonny Simmons, Jaki Byard Trio, Rahn Burton, Billy Higgins, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Ted Daniel, Henry Grimes, Joe Walsh (Eagles), Nasheet Waits, Tarus Mateen, Jymie Merritt, Alvin Fielder, Chris Parker, Oliver Truchot, Warren Smith. Vince Wallace, Fred Hopkins, Philip Wilson, “Bishop” Norman Williams, B.J.PAPA, John Handy, Clifford Barbaro, Masa Kamaguchi, Bob Cunningham, Roy Campbell, Steve Neil, Eddie Henderson, Larry Hancock, Hideji Taninaka, Joe LaBarbra, Jay Rosen, Mel Graves, Charles & Cody Moffett, Chris Sullivan, Reggie Nicholson, Carlos Ward, Aaron James, Radu Williams, Matt Brewer, Eric Revis, Richard Clements, Herbie Lewis, Joe Bonner, Sid Simmons, Taru Alexander, Andrew Cyrille, Roswell Rudd, Rashaan Carter, Antoine Roney, Dave Burrell, Daniel Levin, Francois Grillot, Eric McPherson, John Bacon Jr., Greg Piontek, Vincent Chancey, Henry Threadgill, Luther Thomas, Bob Arkin, Tom Bruno, Art Lewis, Peter Herbert, Emil Ram, John Patton, Scott Colley, Curtis Lundy, Bob Feldman, Xavier Davis, Gene Jackson, Darrel Green, Emanuel Harrold Reggie Workman, Tyler Mitchell, Sonny Rhodes, Donald Smith, Eddie Gladden, Dominic Duval, Cecil Wells, Newman T. Baker, Georg Wolf, Bruce Edwards, Sadiq Abdushahid, Chris Amberger, Grant Levin, Don Alberts, Kiane Zawadi, Wade Barnes, Makoto Sato, Itaru Oki, Charlie Collins & Gary Strauss. Also, w/ Makanda Ken McIntyre Ensemble, Grachan Moncur's Big band, Zane Massey's “Liberation Suite”, Jemeel Moondoc's JUS GREW Orchestra (w/Steve Swell,Bern Nix,Chad Taylor, Gerald Cleaver, N.Breedlove & Tyronne Hill), Joe Bowie's Defunkt & the Saxemble (w/ Frank Lowe, James Carter & Cindy Blackman)- (2005) performing in a duet with drum great: Edgar Bateman & many more great artists....
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”Here is a soloist that has style, flair, and soul.” Ron Wynn, Jazz Times

“Michael Marcus comes out of Coltrane, Kirk, and Dolphy but has his own sound.” Thomas Conrad, Downbeat Magazine

“Lotus Symphony is a fertile rejoinder for the clarinet in modern improvisation.”-Clifford Allen Feb.2009

Primary InstrumentClarinet


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