Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor/leader
About Eugene Marlow, Ph.D.
Eugene Marlow is a composer/arranger, producer, presenter, performer, author/journalist, and educator.
Composer/Arranger (Jazz & Classical)
P> Dr. Marlow’s jazz compositions include charts for big band in various genres, plus ballads, swing tunes, blues, and Latin-jazz flavored compositions for small ensembles. He has also arranged numerous Jewish liturgical pieces in various jazz and neo-classical styles.
His jazz compositions have been performed by theBMI Jazz Composers Workshop Big Band, the Primary Colors Trio, the SYOTOS Latin/Jazz Band with Chris Washburne, The Numinous Orchestra, The Andy LaVerne Trio, The Trevor Day Big Band, the Manhattan School of Music Latin Jazz Orchestra, the New School Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, the George Gee Big Band, and the Bobby Sanabria Big Band.
His big band chart “El Aché de Sanabria en Moderación” appears on Bobby Sanabria’s Grammy-nominated album “Big Band Urban Folktales” (2007 JazzHeads). Marlow signed with 3-2 Music Publishing to distribute this chart to educational institutions globally.
His classical works include fugues and “chansons” for solo piano, waltzes, lullabies, songs, string quartets, duets for flutes, various strings and piano, several purely electronic works, chamber works for winds, and winds and strings, and pieces for brass. His larger classical works include a suite (in progress) for chamber orchestra and an all strings chamber orchestra work based on octatonic scales, entitled “Undiminished.”
Classical solo and chamber works have been performed by the Kandinsky and Corigliano String Quartets, the Circadia Woodwind Quintet, the Sylvan Winds, the Alaria Chamber Ensemble, the Damocles Trio, Musica di autori Americana dalla New York University (Italy), and virtuoso pianistsNataliya Medvedovskaya, Natalie Synhaivsky and Nada Loutfi.
An electronic three voice serial fugue--“48 Rows in One Minute”--was featured in the November 2003 performance of 60x60, a concert organized by VoxNovus (New York City). The 60x60 project also received a performance in Bucharest, Romania and at Brooklyn College (New York City), both in March 2004.
A second electronic piece (“Arturo’s Reverie”) based on an improvised theme by jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill for Marlow’s “Wonderful Discovery” album, was choreographed by Jeramy Zimmerman/CatScratch Theatre at Galapolus Performance Space (Brooklyn, NY) in September 2008.
In 2010 an electronic version of “Raices” performed by Bobby Sanabria on Marlow’s “Wonderful Discovery” CD received performances in New York City, Montreal and Toronto, Canada, Maribor, Slovenia, Denton, Texas, Lodève, France, Berlin, Germany, and St. Louis, MO as part of 60x60’s “Sanguine Mix,”
Marlow has studied with jazz with Andy LaVerne and Marty Sheller (jazz composition), Milt Hinton and Laurence Hobgood (jazz performance), and Manny Albam, Michael Abene, Jim McNeely, Grammy-winner Maria Schneider, and multi-Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria (big band composition/orchestration). He has studied music scoring for film and television with Paul Chihara (at ASCAP), Scott Smalley, and Jack Smalley. For a time Marlow studied classical composition privately with 2004 Pulitzer-prize winning composer Paul Moravec. He has also studied with Maurice Peress and George Tsontakis.
Marlow earned a Ph.D. in media studies from New York University in 1988. In 1998 Dr. Marlow completed a CUNY BA in music composition, followed by a master’s in music composition at Hunter College in 2001. He has since completed doctoral level work in music at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
He is a former member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop and the International Association for Jazz Education, and current member of the Jazz Journalists Association (immediate past treasurer), the New York Composers Circle, Chamber Music America, the American Music Center, and the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences.
Producer (MEII Enterprises Label)
Marlow’s most recent CD is “Celebrations: Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble Interprets Festive Melodies from the Hebraic Songbook” (MEII Enterprises 2010). This album includes various melodies from the Chanukah and Purim festivals re-cast in various jazz, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian styles, with a touch of classicism for good measure.
Marlow’s first CD was the critically acclaimed “A Summer Afternoon With You” (MEII Enterprises 2005), a collection of 10 original jazz compositions for quintet led by pianist/composer Michael Abene. This CD remained on the JazzWeek chart for 11 weeks. Various cuts from the album are still aired on XM Radio and Australian radio.
A second CD, “Making the Music Our Own” (MEII Enterprises 2006), is a collection of nine Hebraic melodies recast in various jazz styles. Collectively, these two CDs have aired on radio stations in 22 countries, including the United States. Both have been aired on Australian radio for over 125 weeks.
A third CD, “Les Sentiments D’Amour” (MEII Enterprises 2006) with Lebanese-born virtuoso pianist Nada Loutfi, was his first classical CD project.
His fourth CD, “Wonderful Discovery: Arturo O’Farrill & Friends Play the Music of Eugene Marlow,” (MEII Enterprises 2007) was described as “. . .one of the finest Latin-jazz albums of 2007” and was considered one of the best Latin-jazz album of 2007 (The Village Voice).
Album five is entitled “A Bouquet of Classical and Jazzy Love Songs from the Pen of Eugene Marlow” (MEII Enterprises 2009). This is an album that draws on tracks from Marlow’s “Sentiments” and “Wonderful Discovery” albums. All these albums are available from www.cdbaby.com.
In addition to composing, Dr. Marlow is the leader/founder of The Heritage Ensemble, a quintet dedicated to the in-concert performance of Hebraic liturgical and folksong melodies in various jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, with a touch of classicism for good measure. He received a 2010 “Meet The Composer” grant for his work with The Heritage Ensemble.
Marlow also leads The Gene Marlow Ensemble, a group ranging in format from duet to sextet that performs at various private events in the New York Metropolitan area.
Marlow is senior co-chair of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Concert Series at Baruch College (The City University of New York), now in its 19th year. An original member of the Hinton Committee when it was formed in 1992, Marlow was appointed co-chair in 2000. He immediately expanded the series from one concert to four events a year��in October, December, February (to coincide with Black History Month), and April (to coincide with Jazz Appreciation Month). This latter event usually spotlights a jazz journalist who provides a multimedia presentation on some aspect of jazz, either past or present.
Dr. Marlow is also formerly Director, Media Relations and treasurer for the New York Composers Circle. Marlow helps produce NYCC’s four-concert season as a member of the group’s Steering Committee.
Dr. Marlow has authored eight books dealing with communications, technology and culture and 130+ articles and chapters that have been published in professional and academic journals in the United States, Germany, Greece, Japan, China, and Russia.
He is currently drafting a book on Jazz in China. Marlow was a regular contributing editor to www.jazz.com. For this work, Dr. Marlow received the prestigious 2010 James W. Carey Award for Journalism Excellence from the Media Ecology Association
Dr. Marlow is a professor at Baruch College (The City University of New York) where (since 1988) he teaches a panoply of undergraduate and graduate courses in media and culture.
Professor Marlow has received distinguished teaching awards and fellowships from the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He is a seven-time honoree, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences Authors, Editors, Artists/Performers annual reception (1996-2002), and has been an honoree at Baruch’s Annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony, A Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Creative Achievement every year since 2003.
Marlow holds five degrees: Ph.D. (Media Studies/New York University, 1988), MBA (General Management/Golden Gate University, 1972), MS (Music Composition, Hunter College, 2001), BS (Music Composition/CUNY, 1998), BA (English/Hunter College, 1966).
Awards:Marlow Recieved a 2010 “Meet The Composer” grant for his work with The Heritage Ensemble.
Dr. Marlow received the prestigious 2010 James W. Carey Award for Journalism Excellence from the Media Ecology Association for a series of 21 articles he wrote for www.jazz.com between December 2007 and August 2009.
Sari N. Kent The Celebrity Café Reviews
EUGENE MARLOW’S HERITAGE ENSEMBLE/Celebrations: With Bobby Sanabria hanging out do you think this is going to be anything like the typical Klezmer album? Every Jewish kid has these songs stapled to their DNA, and the more rebellious ones grew to hate them as corny but the Afro-Cubanization of the holiday of the lights will really get to even them after they get past the familiar core riffs. I never thought this stuff could sound so wild.
Chris Spector Midwest Record
A Fresh Take: Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble
Tracks: Hatikva, Heine Ma Tov, Ata Hu Hashem, Bilbililos, V’Taher Lebeinu, Heniveinu Shalom Aleichem, Adon Olam, L’Cha Dodi, Avinu Malkeinu.
Personnel: Eugene Marlow: Leader, Arranger, Keyboards; Bobby Sanabria: Drums; Michael Hashim: Alto and Soprano Saxophones; Frank Wagner: Acoustic and Electric Bass; Cristian Rivera, Percussion; Rachel Perez, Vocals.
Celebrations: Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble Interprets Festive Melodies from the Hebraic Songbook
Tracks: Chanukah, O Chanukah; Moaz Tsur; Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel; Halleluyah; Layehudim Haitah Orah Ve-Simchah Ve-Sasson Ve-Yakar; Yovata; Sevivon; Mishenichnas Adar Marbim Be-Simcha; The Heritage Ensemble: It’s History, Repertoire, and Philosophy.
Personnel: Eugene Marlow: Leader, Arranger, Keyboards; Bobby Sanabria: Drums; Michael Hashim: Alto and Soprano Saxophones; Frank Wagner: Acoustic and Electric Bass; Cristian Rivera, Percussion.
A Bouquet of Classical and Jazzy Love Songs from the Pen of Eugene Marlow –
Tracks: First Blush; First Love; Nocturne for the Woman in the Golden Light; The Flirt; Lullaby for My Friend’s Baby; The Woman With the Sad Eyes; A Summer Afternoon With You; Memories & Reflections; Broken Heart; Song for A Brave Soul; Song for An Old Soul; A Smile for Everyone.
Personnel: Eugene Marlow: Composer/Arranger; Nada Loutfi: Piano; Michael Abene: Piano; Arturo O’Farrill: Piano; Chip Jackson: Bass; Ruben Rodriguez: Bass; Dave Meade: Drums; Phoenix Rivera: Drums; Bobby Porcelli: Alto Saxophone; Hayes Greenfield: Soprano Saxophone; Bobby Sanabria: Bongos and percussion; Louis Bonilla: Trombone.
Wonderful Discovery: Virtuoso Pianist Arturo O'Farrill & Friends Play the Music of Eugene Marlow
Tracks: Mr. O’s Groove; Song for an Old Soul; Summertime; Arturo’s Reverie; Flight; Go Like The Wind; Down The Road; Raices; A Smile For Everyone; Take-A-Break; Old Havana; Wonderful Discovery.
Personnel: Eugene Marlow: Composer/Arranger; Arturo O’Farrill: Leader and Piano; Mario Rivera: Flute, Soprano and Tenor Saxophones; Jim Seeley: Trumpet; Phoenix Rivera: Drums; Roland Guerrero: Percussion; Hayes Greenfield: Alto Saxophone; Louis Bonilla: Trombone; Bobby Porcelli: Alto Saxophone; Bobby Sanabria: Percussion; Bobby Porcelli: Alto Saxophone; Katherine Strohmaier: Vocals; Amy Cervini: Vocals.
Les Sentiments D'Amour ("Feelings of Love")
Tracks: Berceuse (Lullaby); Premiere Amour (First Love); Melancolie (Melancholy); Ballade Pour Yotvata (Ballad for Yotvata); Rougir Pour La Premiere Fois (First Blush); Chanson Pour Une Jeune Fille (Song for A Young Girl); Tendresse Pour Une Jeune Femme (Tenderness for a Young Woman); Agacement (Irritation); La Femme Avec Les Yeux Sombre (The Woman With the Sad Eyes); Chanson Pour Deux Fils (Song for Two Brothers); La Liaison C’est Fini (The Romance is Over); Nocturne Pour La Femme Dans Une Lumiere D’Or (Nocturne for the Woman in the Golden Light); Le Charmeur (The Flirt); Mon Chat Le Roi (My Cat, The King); Pour Une Bonne Personne (For a Good Person); Chanson Pour L’Enfant Unique (Song for An Only Child); La Femme Douce (The Sweet Woman); Jalousie et Rage (Jealousy and Race); Derniere Sensations (Afterglow); Berceuse Pour Une Bebe De Mon Amie (Lullaby for My Friend’s Baby).
Personnel: Eugene Marlow: Composer; Nada Loutfi: Piano.
Making the Music Our Own: Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble Interprets Melodies from the Hebraic Songbook
Tracks: V’Taher Lebeinu/Yis M’Chu (Purify Our Hearts. . .); L’Cha Dodi (Beloved, come meet Shabbat); Halleluyah (Praise the Lord); Bilbililos (Rock from whose store we have eaten. . .); Hatikva (The Hope); Heiveinu Shalom Aleichem (Peace Unto You); Avinu Malkeinu (Hear Our Voice); Ata Hu Hashem (You Are the Lord, Our God); Hinei Ma Tov (Behold how good and pleasant it is . . .).
Personnel: Eugene Marlow: Leader/Composer/Arranger/Keyboards; Darmon Meader: Soprano and Tenor Saxophone; Gary Schwartzman: Electric Guitar; Norm Lotz: Bass; Barry Altschul: Drums.
A Summer Afternoon With You
Tracks: Taylored for Billy; A Summer Afternoon With You; Thanks, Duke; Gentle Breeze; Send My Regrets; Song for A Brave Soul; Where Are You Now?; Memories & Reflections; Broken Heart; Com Calma (Take It Easy).
Personnel: Eugene Marlow: Composer; Michael Abene: Leader/Piano; Bobby Porcelli: Alto Saxophone; Mike Mossman: Trumpet/Flugel; Chip Jackson: Bass; Dave Meade: Drums.
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