Eddie Marshall

Coming from a family of musicians in Springfield Massachusetts, Eddie Marshall is acknowledged as a leading figure in the evolution of San Francisco's contemporary jazz sound. For over fifty years he has played drums with nearly every major name in jazz, from Freddie Hubbard, Jon Hendricks and Dexter Gordon to Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Eddie Harris. A consummate sideman, Marshall was the designated house drummer at San Francisco's famed nightclub, Keystone Korner during the 1970s. His most long-standing musical associations have been with Toshiko Akiyoshi, with whom he has played since 1958, the late Stan Getz, Bobby Hutcherson and Bobby McFerrin. He co-founded with Mike Nock the seminal jazz fusion group, The Fourth Way. Since 1989 Marshall has also been performing on the alto and soprano recorders, working within a large variety of ensemble arrangements on a baroque instrument rarely heard in jazz. Logo

While playing with many of the greatest jazz musicians of his day, Eddie Marshall has also distinguished himself as a composer. With two albums of original music to his name, his work is appreciated for both its driving intensity and joyous, melodic lyricism. Chamber Music America with support from the Doris Duke Foundation awarded Marshall two grants through their New Works and New Works Encore Program, commissioning him to compose an original piece. “Dreams That Dance- A Suite”, performed by Marshall's Holy Mischief Ensemble, premiered at the San Francisco Jazz Festival in November 2004.

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”A living legend of the San Francisco jazz scene, drummer and band leader Eddie Marshall has a resume that reads like a modern jazz honor role, including long-term stints with Stan Getz, Bobby Hutcherson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Bobby McFerrin and additional collaborations with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, John Hendricks, Dexter Gordon, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. As Down Beat wrote of the hard working percussion-master: If in the last 30 years a fan on the West Coast has missed seeing Eddie Marshall behind a set of drums, it can't be blamed on lack of opportunities. He has single-handedly done his part to keep jazz alive and swinging this side of the Rockies.” --San Francisco Jazz Festival 2004

“Eddie Marshall is still my favorite drummer, it was wonderful to watch him play

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