|12:00 PM||Todd Marcus |
Featuring: Don Byron
|Performance||Ronnie Wells Main Stage||Clarinet Showcase: Todd Marcus Quartet featuring Don Byron|
|2:00 PM||Todd Marcus and Don Byron: Masterclass--The Clarinet in Jazz|
Featuring: Todd Marcus and Don Byron
|Master Class||Truman Room|
Bass clarinetist and composer Todd Marcus is one of the few jazz artists worldwide to focus exclusively on use of the bass clarinet as a primary soloing instrument. Jazz Times contributing journalist David Adler writes, “With his melodic imagination and technical aptitude on an unorthodox horn, Marcus has something truly new and personal to offer.” He actively leads small ensembles such as the Todd Marcus Quartet, Trio, and Duo as well as his nonet, The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra, which features his compositions and arrangements for six horns, piano, bass, and drums. Self taught in jazz theory and composition, Marcus’ compositions draw largely on straight-ahead jazz and classical influences but over recent years have also increasingly explored the Middle-Eastern sounds from his Egyptian-American heritage. His work includes international performances, clinics, and radio play and he has worked with other jazz artists such as Bennie Maupin, Don Byron, Larry Willis, Odean Pope, Tim Warfield, Sean Jones, George Colligan, Orrin Evans, Joel Frahm, Xavier Davis, Mike Formanek, and Gary Thomas. Marcus was also a featured guest at the 1st World Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam, Holland where his work was recognized for both his compositions and unique solo voice.
Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra