MarQuis (pronounced MAR-kwis) is a Stellar Award nominated recording artist most noted for his expertise playing soprano saxophone, but he is equally gifted on alto and tenor sax. He has performed, written and produced for Grammy and Dove Award-nominated albums. With an impressive résumé, MarQuis has shared stages and performed on albums with Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Backstreet Boys, Fred Hammond, Ben Tankard and many notable others.
MarQuis was recognized and nominated as Best Jazz Artist by the Central Arkansas Music Awards. He is recommended by the Arkansas Arts Council and is a member of the prestigious Arts on Tour program.
MarQuis' brand of jazz ranges from spirited and high energy to soulful, sultry and smooth. He named his band MOOD because that is what his music does… it creates a mood that allows the listener to be transported to a place without cares or stress. MarQuis is a seasoned professional with three decades of experience and his dedication to his craft is evident in his performances. MarQuis is a true artist in every sense of the word.
MarQuis isn’t just a talented headlining saxophonist – he writes, produces and sings, as well. He is also an author, poet, speaker and host of the MOOD Monday jazz radio show on KABF 88.3FM. MarQuis’ goal is always to inspire the listener and to encourage them to open their hearts and minds. MarQuis considers it an honor if, in some small way, his music and words can touch his audience.