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Marshall Keys

"Marshall Keys' dulcet tones and earthy compositions conjure the spirits of jazzmen past and future. From mainstream to contemporary, from bebop to hip hop, he plays the saxophone with a sense of grace and emotion that is wholly without cliché." -Mike Sager, Esquire "Reedman Marshall Keys has his work cut out for him on his new CD Times Aligned, since anyone wishing to hear an alto-soprano saxophonist perform in a contemporary jazz setting has what, a few thousand options? A gifted musician and composer could have easily disappeared in the crowd, but Keys leaves his mark here by displaying his engaging musicality in a series of refreshingly textured contexts" -Mike Joyce, The Washington Post A native of Washington, DC, Marshall began playing in the DC Youth Orchestra Program, then flirted with Jazz Studies at Howard University, all the while gigging with the notorious Blackbyrds, and the great blues artists Jimmy McGriff and Jimmy Witherspoon. He's played the East Coast Jazz Festival in Washington, DC as well as festivals in Germany, Ireland, Holland, Mexico, Indonesia, Africa and the Virgin Islands


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Jazz is Bustin' Out All Over the Nation's Capital

The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) today announced its signature programs for 2012, which include: Jazz Meets the Classics at the Kennedy Center; Jazz in the 'Hoods presented by Events DC; Jazz ‘n' Families Fun Days at The Phillips Collection; Jazz at the Hamilton presented by The Washington Post; and Jazz at the Howard. The Festival will ...


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