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Marcus Persiani

As a piano player, Marcus has been a steady, vital presence in New York City’s uptown jam-session scene. As house pianist with the Sugar Hill Jazz Quartet led by Patience Higgins, he appears every Monday night at the historic Lenox Lounge in Harlem. Marcus is also pianist for the house band in the newly reopened Minton’s Playhouse, playing alongside James Carter and Andy McCloud. In his years of steady uptown jamming, Marcus has played with Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, Lewis Nash, and many others. Steeped in the traditions of jazz and the blues, he possesses an expansive musical vocabulary that allows him to move deftly across genres

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Jazz @ Two Steps Down (Brooklyn) with the Steve Cromity Trio on June 10th

Jazz @ Two Steps Down (Brooklyn) with the Steve Cromity Trio on June 10th

Jazz @ Two Steps Down is a monthly event that features vocalist Steve Cromity and his trio: Marcus Persiani (keyboards), Eric Lemon (bass) and Craig Haynes (drums). Each month also includes a veteran guest performer and this month it's the fabulous Vinnie Knight. Open mic for vocalists and instrumentalists follows so bring your axe! This month ...

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The Uptown Jazz Collective: She Do What She Do

Read "She Do What She Do" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


The Uptown Jazz Collective makes a strong impression on She Do What She Do, fitting firmly into several grooves. The group is as much at ease singing the blues as it is filtering the essence of jazz, and giving gospel a big slab of soul--even delving into poetry. The band is tight and swings ...

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The Uptown Jazz Collective: She Do What She Do

Read "She Do What She Do" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


The Uptown Jazz Collective is a muscular, energetic band that mixes some serious messages with some seriously good time grooves on She Do What She Do. The Ensemble is led by two baritones: saxophonist B. J. Jansen and vocalist William Theodore Carney III, aka T. C. III. The pair is backed by some ...

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TC III, B.J. Jansen and The Uptown Jazz Collective Release New Album on ARC - Artists Recording Collective

T.C. the rd, B.J. Jansen and The Uptown Jazz Collective have released, She Do What She Do, on the internationally known ARC Artists Recording Collective Label. She Do What She, is dedicated to T.C.'s late mother Trudy Pitts and features one of her original compositions, “Psalm 150." Also featured is the title composition, “She Do What ...

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B.J. Jansen and T.C. The 3rd to Release New Album on ARC

B.J. Jansen and T.C. The 3rd to Release New Album on ARC

B.J. Jansen and T.C. the 3rd have collaborated on a new album featuring the Uptown Jazz Collective on Artists Recording Collective. The new release, She Do What She Do (ARC-2260), features original compositions, standards as well as spoken word performances. Jansen and T.C. have dedicated She Do What She Do to the memories of Trudy Pitts ...

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Uptown Suite

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2010
Track listing: Little Chunky; Basta Ya Basta Blues; Stoney Island; Waltz for Carmen Miranda; La Mer Viper; Secrets; Mineret; Prairie Style; Shell Reading.

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Marcus Persiani: Uptown Suite

Read "Uptown Suite" reviewed by Leonard Epstein


Hailing from Chicago, Marcus Persiani has largely managed to escape the limelight, while establishing himself in New York City as an in-demand leader and sideman. The pianist's debut as a leader, Uptown Suite, could be called a manifesto of his considerable and diverse musical abilities, a complete disc of original compositions reflecting a collage of personal ...


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