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Todd Marcus

Primary Instrument: Clarinet, bass

Todd Marcus

Baltimore bass clarinetist, composer, and arranger Todd Marcus is one of the few jazz artists worldwide to focus exclusively on use of the bass clarinet as a primary soloing instrument. While use of bass clarinet in jazz typically tends to lean heavily towards avant-garde and free-jazz styles, Marcus’ playing presents the instrument with a modern straight-ahead jazz approach. His music swings hard with both fiery and introspective intensity but also maintains a strong lyrical sensibility.

Born and raised in the northern New Jersey suburbs of New York City, the half-Egyptian Marcus began music at age six with early piano lessons. He picked up clarinet at age 10 first playing band then classical music repertoire. While in high school, an English teacher who also played New Orleans style jazz piano would introduce Marcus to jazz. But upon trying to join the school’s jazz band, Marcus was told saxophones, not clarinets, were the reed instruments allowed in the band and he was turned away....
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    Inheritance

    Hipnotic Records
    2012

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Featured recording “Inheritance”

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Inheritance

HiPNOTIC Records (2012)

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Sep26 Marianne Matheny Katz cd Release
Creative Alliance
Baltimore, MD

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”[an] incredible bass clarinet player, arranger, and composer” - The Urbanite, February 2012

“Todd Marcus, a musical autodidact, plays the clarinet and bass clarinet (rarities in the jazz world) with sharp ease. His tidy but sprawled-out compostions have a similar preternatural comfort about them. As a result his swingin' punchy post-bop often comes off both comforting and challenging.” - CapitalBop, July 2011

“The bass clarinetist's original tunes and the top-notch, lively musicians in the orchestra deliver one of the most satisfying big-band sounds in the region” - Baltimore City Paper, January 5, 2011

“Marcus has deftly helmed [a] nine-piece orchestra, which features some of the region's more notable players” - Baltimore Sun, October 20, 2010

“...masterfully performed solos...If you need to get your blood pumping, this [music] will fit the bill.” - Examiner.com, November 26, 2010

“Powerful, intricate jazz flowing through a bass clarinet” - The B Daily, February 2010

“One of the area's finest jazz musicians.” - The Baltimore Times, September 2008

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Primary InstrumentClarinet, bass

LocationBaltimore, MD

Clinic/Workshop InformationThe Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra, Quartet, Trio, or Duo are all available for clinics with participants ranging from middle school to college level participants. Clinics by Todd Marcus ensembles utilize an approach designed to expose participants to jazz through listening, discussion and application of improvisation, sectional coaching, and music business education. Topics include: 1. Listening - exposure to classic jazz recordings played as participants arrive to provide exposure of the music and initiate conversations about key musicians 2...

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