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Markus Schwartz

Born in Copenhagen Denmark, percussionist Markus Schwartz grew up in an American household surrounded by jazz, and has devoted the last twenty years to learning the wealth and complexity of traditional Haitian drum music. Moving in and out of Haiti since the early 1990s, Markus followed the lead of Haitian percussionists on pilgrimages into the countryside to learn the intricate and powerful Vodou drums. Markus was a founding member of the ground-breaking Haitian Jazz quintet Mozayik and the Buyu Ambroise & Blues in Red Band, Markus has recorded and/or performed around the world with many of Haiti's finest musicians, including “Queen of Haitian Song” Emeline Michel and Hip-Hop superstar Wyclef Jean


Pauline Jean: Nwayo

Read "Nwayo" reviewed by James Nadal

One cannot properly realize the music of vocalist Pauline Jean without delving into the history of Haiti, as they are intrinsically intertwined. She has the innate ability to seamlessly flow within her ancestral culture while very much being the modern artist living the creative life. Her sophomore release Nwayo--Haitian Kreyol for core or center--is an amalgam ...


Vo-Duo Nou La EPK

Featuring the music of Markus Schwartz
Duration: 7:50

Percussionist Markus Schwartz & guitarist/vocalist Monvelyno Alexis - Vo-Duo present their Haitian influenced "Nou La" release.

Vo - Duo EPK

Featuring the music of Markus Schwartz
Duration: 7:50

Percussionist Markus Schwartz & guitarist/vocalist Monvelyno Alexis present their release "Vo Duo".

Various Artists: KariJazz Presents Yanvablue

Read "KariJazz Presents Yanvablue" reviewed by James Nadal

In attempt to assist the Haitian jazz artists after the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, the Karijazz label has released Yanvablue , a double-disc production featuring selections by the best Kreyol Jazz musicians, who cleared and donated the songs, complete with extensive liner notes and musician credits. These musicians remain active, in spite of the ...


Jazz International

Read "Jazz International" reviewed by Nick Catalano

More and more recordings from offshore jazz musicians keep arriving in my mailbox each month and they are beginning to outnumber domestic releases. This is an obvious sign of the exponential growth of internationalism in the music and a signal to American jazz critics that their reviewing responsibility must include ample coverage of this phenomenon.


JazzWeek Radio Chart: February 8, 2010

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 1 Steve Hobbs Vibes, Straight Up (Challenge) 246 224 +22 6 59 1 5 2 — — Gil Scott-Heron I’m New Here (XL) 223 — +223 35 36 2 1 3 2 22 Ahmad Jamal A Quiet Time (Dreyfus) 221 210 +11 ...

Take Five With Markus Schwartz

Read "Take Five With Markus Schwartz" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Markus Schwartz: Markus Schwartz is a percussionist specializing in traditional Haitian drum music. Markus has traveled extensively throughout Haiti in order to learn the music directly from the source. Markus is a first-call percussionist in the Haitian music community in NYC and has performed and recorded with Haitian artists such as Mozayik (Afro-Haitian jazz quintet), ...


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