Marcus Printup, who was born and raised in Conyers, Georgia, had his first musical experiences hearing the fiery gospel music his parents sang in church, and would later discover jazz as a senior in high school.
While attending the University of North Florida on a music scholarship, he won the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet Competition. In 1991, Mr. Printup's life changed drastically when he met his mentor to this day, the great pianist Marcus Roberts. Mr. Roberts introduced him to Wynton Marsalis, which led to his induction into the Jazz @ Lincoln Center Orchestra in 1993.
Mr. Printup has performed and/or recorded with Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Eric Reed, Cyrus Chestnut, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Roberts among many others.
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In the 1990s, trumpeter Marcus Printup made his name as
one of the new
generation of serious jazz musicians. While he has continued
to make his
mark leading his own band, he says there’s something special
part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
“I kind of would equate this band to the Detroit Pistons three
or four years
ago when they won the (NBA) championship,” says Printup.
“They didn’t have
a standout player. They had a team that drew together to win
something beautiful. That’s what I think we do. It’s easy to be
want to play all the solos, because we all love to improvise,
but I just get a
kick out of being in the same trumpet section with Wynton
Kisor and Sean Jones
Willing to teach