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Marcus Printup

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.

Mr. Printup has several records as a leader, Song for the Beautiful Woman, Unveiled, Hub Songs, Nocturnal Traces, The New Boogaloo, Peace In The Abstract, Bird of Paradise, London Lullaby, Ballads All Night and his latest, A Time for Love.

Mr. Printup is in demand as an educator. He facilitates masterclasses/clinics at Middle Schools, High Schools and Universities across the US.

Mr. Printup is an educator for Jazz @ Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington competition, the Jazz @ Lincoln Center Middle School Jazz Academy, the Savannah Music Festival Swing City Competition and an adjunct faculty member of the New School in Manhattan.

Mr. Printup made his screen debut in the 1999 movie Playing By Heart and recorded on the film's soundtrack.

In 2005, a proclamation was granted to Mr. Printup declaring August 22nd “Marcus Printup Day” in his home town of Conyers, GA.

In 2008, Mr. Printup did a live Gospel CD recording for his childhood church, Peek's Chapel Baptist Church as a benefit to raise funds for the building of a new church.

Mr. Printup is endorsed by and exclusively plays Antoine Courtios Trumpets and Flugelhorns of Paris.


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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 about being 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 and create something beautiful. That’s what I think we do. It’s easy to be selfish and 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 (Marsalis), Ryan Kisor and Sean Jones

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