|1:00 PM||Marshall Keys||Performance||MAJF Club|
Marshall Keys is one of the most versatile saxophonists to ever come out of Washington, DC. He began his training in the DC Youth Orchestra Program and continued it in the Jazz Studies Program at Howard University. He cut his teeth playing in local bands before gaining his first professional experience with The Blackbyrds and a long association with the great blues organist Jimmy McGriff with whom he recorded the album “Countdown”. Marshall has worked with many of the world’s greatest jazz and blues musicians including: Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Jimmy Witherspoon, Groove Holmes, Big Joe Turner and Hank Jones. He has worked with Branford Marsalis and Steve Allen, swung with Keter Betts and Al Grey, recorded with Cyrus Chestnut and Vinny Valentino, and jammed with Sonny Stitt and Stevie Wonder. In 1986 he was commissioned by The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History to perform a special concert of the music of jazz icon Wayne Shorter. His group performed at the East Coast Jazz Festival in 1999 and 2001. He has played other festivals in Germany, Ireland, Holland, Mexico and the Virgin Islands. He was a featured performer on the 17th Annual Norway Jazz Cruise in 1999. Marshall has enjoyed two collaborations with Mexican jazz pianist Juan Jose Calatayud at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC and at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California. In 2002 he toured Central and South America as a Jazz Ambassador with Lenny Robinson’s Organic Trio, and recently has been touring in Japan and the UK with Jimmy Scott and the Jazz Expressions.