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Marcus Gilmore

Marcus Gilmore is a multi-Grammy award winning drummer, composer, producer, and educator.  

The New York based musician has been recognized with numerous awards, residencies, and fellowships - including becoming a 2018 - 2019 Protege in the Annual Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. 

Gilmore, in all his playing, integrates a unique style where he is musically expanding rhythm, while supporting the great musicians with whom he plays.  He has had the distinct privilege of performing/recording with Mulatu Astatke, Chick Corea, Pharoah Sanders, Savion Glover, Pat Metheny, Ambrose Akinmusire, Gonzalo Rubalcaba ,Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Common, Flying Lotus, Robert Glasper, Natalie Cole, Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer, Derrick Hodge, Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah, Thundercat, Brad Mehldau, Cassandra Wilson, Nicholas Payton, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Black Thought, Zakir Hussain, The Cadillacs, Bilal, Terrence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Terrace Martin, Taylor Mcferrin, and Fred Armisen.

Marcus was featured on the cover of Modern Drummer Magazine for their June 2019 issue.

He was chosen as a primary artist to contribute to the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, for the 2020 Oscar Award Winning Disney-Pixar film, “Soul”. 

He was also commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra to write his first Orchestral work which debuted in 2020 with members of the Cape Town Philharmonic. In June 2023, Marcus premiered his full composition with the American Composers Orchestra, in NYC. 

With 23 years as a professional musician and performances in over 60 countries throughout his career – Marcus is just getting started. 

Upcoming projects include: the release of his highly anticipated debut album, his innovative Marcus Gilmore Solo, Trio, and Quintet engagements, and the continued exploration of percussion with new sound compositions and rhythms thrilling music audiences worldwide. 







Multi-Grammy Award Winner 

2018 - 2019 Protege in the Annual Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative


Album Review

BlankFor.ms: Refract

Read "Refract" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Uscito il primo settembre, nove mesi dopo From the Dancehall to the Battlefield, lo splendido lavoro dedicato a James Reese Europe, questo Refract illustra l'altra faccia di un autore geniale e poliedrico qual è Jason Moran. Di fatto diretto da BlankFor.ms, alias Tyler Gilmore, artista elettronico già allievo di Moran che usa nastri degradati e sintetizzatori analogici per produrre “musica emotiva," il disco sviluppa un'originalissima e assai variegata integrazione elettroacustica, mettendo materiali elettronici predeterminati a disposizione del pianista e del ...

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BlankFor.ms - Jason Moran - Marcus Gilmore: Refract

Read "Refract" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel

Electroacoustic music gains a new modern perspective with the sonic marvel that is Refract, a collaborative effort between degraded tapes artist Tyler Gilmore, aka BlankFor.ms, pianist Jason Moran and Marcus Gilmore on drums. An experimental series of sketched shapes featuring hovering loops turned sound- blankets, drum-set turned beat-machine and piano turned keyboard-impressionism, Refract's largely improvised fabric makes for one of the year's most adventurous and intriguing listens. Recorded with producer Sun Chung, the sonic properties are a focal ...

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Chris Potter: Got The Keys To The Kingdom: Live At The Village Vanguard

Read "Got The Keys To The Kingdom: Live At The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The title references an old gospel song, but for Chris Potter the keys in question could be those to the Village Vanguard. This is the saxophonist's third live recording from jazz's most storied club, not counting those with Paul Motian. For musicians and fans alike, this is hallowed turf. But it's not just about playing at The Village Vanguard. Documenting those dates is key--a rite of passage, to judge by the dozens of revered jazz musicians who have made live ...

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Chris Potter: Got The Keys To The Kingdom (Live At The Village Vanguard)

Read "Got The Keys To The Kingdom (Live At The Village Vanguard)" reviewed by Chris May

There is a lot of heavy ordnance going off during this album. Indeed, the incoming only lets up once, and then briefly, during a performance of Billy Strayhorn's “Blood Count" at the halfway point. For the rest of the sixty-one minutes playing time, the watchword is eruptive. But no PPE is required. The barrage is benign. This is the third album Chris Potter has recorded live at the Vanguard. The attraction is no surprise. Saxophonists, especially those ...

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Patricia Brennan: More Touch

Read "More Touch" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It's uncanny how More Touch, vibraphonist Patricia Brennan's scarily good follow-up to her head-turning debut Maquishti (Valley of Search, 2021) follows one around all day. Its essence is in the air, in the room, in the conversation. It sneaks around the corner and races down the stairs, out into the street, and breaks into any and all of the machinations that drive the day. Born of its own fevered animation, the music on More Touchis brazen. Atmospheric yet ...

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Chick Corea: The Montreux Years

Read "The Montreux Years" reviewed by Doug Collette

If there is anything more ambitious than curating an extensive, comprehensive collection covering the history of an artist, it is collating selected works which vividly outline a particular timeline or theme. Chick Corea's The Montreux Years is a fine example of the latter; this seventh edition in the archive series devoted to the iconic festival not only reflects the late composer and pianist's technical skills, but also his eclectic stylistic tastes. And that is not to mention his fondness for ...

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Melanie Charles: Y'all Don't (Really) Care About Black Women

Read "Y'all Don't (Really) Care About Black Women" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Questo primo album della cantante Melanie Charles per l'etichetta Verve apre alla cantante di Brooklyn un pubblico più ampio della nicchia dove ha operato finora: quell'universo dove s'incontrano nu—jazz, neo—soul, spiritual jazz e sperimentazioni elettroniche con campionamenti e remixaggi. Attiva da un decennio in quest'area la Charles non è solo una splendida vocalist ma una talentuosa strumentista (flauto, tastiere), arrangiatrice e songwriter. Quest'album è un appassionante tributo alle donne afroamericane attraverso nuove interpretazioni di classici legati a ...

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Music Industry

Bianca Love Releases 'Time (Reprise)' Ft. Marcus Gilmore, The Highly Anticipated Follow-Up To Her Debut Hit

Bianca Love Releases 'Time (Reprise)' Ft. Marcus Gilmore, The Highly Anticipated Follow-Up To Her Debut Hit

Source: Bianca Love

After the tremendous success of her last single, “Time,” Bianca Love is back with her latest masterpiece, “Time (Reprise)" featuring the renowned drummer Marcus Gilmore. This captivating release marks a significant moment in the career of the talented singer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from New Orleans and now residing in NYC, who is rapidly gaining recognition in the music world. “Time (Reprise)" is a sonic journey that transcends boundaries, inviting listeners to immerse themselves in a melancholic, yet hopeful and energetic ...



GPS2: "Orange Afternoons" - Dave Douglas, Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh, Marcus Gilmore

GPS2: "Orange Afternoons" - Dave Douglas, Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh, Marcus Gilmore

Source: Dave Douglas / Greenleaf Music

New music for a special quintet, GPS2: Orange Afternoons with Dave Douglas, Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh, and Marcus Gilmore. Tracklist:

The Gulf 9:01Valori Bollati 7:22Solato 8:18Orologi 11:38Orange Afternoons 8:24Frontier Justice 4:13

Orange Afternoons is the second volume in the Greenleaf Portable Series. The GPS is a nod to the shorter, more informal sessions that were for many years the backbone of jazz recording. The series also explores new formats for music to be released and distributed, as well ...


Performance / Tour

Dekel Bor Trio featuring Francois Moutin & Marcus Gilmore tonight at LOUIS

Dekel Bor Trio featuring Francois Moutin & Marcus Gilmore tonight at LOUIS

Source: All About Jazz

The Dekel Bor Trio will be performing tonight Thurs. Nov. 9th at

Louis 649 E9th st. corner of Ave. C 9pm-12am

No cover

Dekel Bor - Guitars Francois Moutin - Bass Marcus Gilmore - Drums

“Dekel Bor's evocative live guitar playing ... a fresh taste in music"--John Rockwell, New York Times

The Dekel Bor trio is one one of the most prominent and visible groups of the New York jazz scene. At ...

In 2009, New York Times critic Ben Ratliff included Gilmore in his list of drummers who are "finding new ways to look at the drum set, and at jazz itself", saying, "he created that pleasant citywide buzz when someone new and special blows through New York clubs and jam sessions".


"It’s hard to think of an under-40 drummer who manifests experimental imperatives and idiomatic mastery of a global array of rhythmic codes and admixtured dialects — call it Afro-Cuban meets Carnatic meets North African meets second line meets swing — more elegantly, efficaciously and bodaciously than Marcus Gilmore."

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Got The Keys To The...

Edition Records



Red Hook Records



Self Produced


For Loved Ones

Dream Gold Soul


More Touch

Pyroclastic Records


Time (Reprise) ft. Marcus Gilmore

From: Seamless
By Marcus Gilmore

Unquiet Respect

From: More Touch
By Marcus Gilmore

The Gulf

From: Orange Afternoons
By Marcus Gilmore

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