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Bass clarinetist, composer, and bandleader Todd Marcus is one of the few jazz artists worldwide to focus exclusively on the bass clarinet as a solo instrument. While use of bass clarinet in jazz typically tends to lean heavily towards avant-garde and free-jazz styles, Marcus’ playing presents the instrument with a modern straight-ahead jazz approach. His music swings hard with both fiery and introspective intensity but also maintains a strong lyrical sensibility. Based in Baltimore, MD, Marcus actively leads small ensembles such as the Todd Marcus Quartet, Trio, and Duo as well as his nonet - The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra which features his compositions and arrangements for six horns, piano, bass, and drums. Self taught in jazz theory and composition, Marcus’ compositions draw largely on straight-ahead jazz and classical influences but over recent years have also increasingly explored the Middle-Eastern sounds from his Egyptian-American heritage

Look for the Light

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Segment; Waltz New; Tricotism; Paragon; Conversion; Look for the Light; A Look Inside; Quasimodo; Your Name Never Came Up.

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Jeff Reed: Look for the Light

Read "Look for the Light" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Bassist Jeff Reed resides in Maryland but is widely known as a sideman on over fifty albums. Reed is a schooled musician earning his Bachelor of Music from Towson University and a Master of Music from the University of Maryland, College Park. Coming full circle educationally, Reed is an adjunct faculty member at Towson University. Surprisingly, ...

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Take Five with Jeff Reed

Read "Take Five with Jeff Reed" reviewed by Jeff Reed

Meet Jeff Reed Jeff Reed is an acoustic bassist, electric bassist, composer, and educator residing in jny: Baltimore, MD. One of the most in-demand sidemen in the area, Jeff has performed extensively throughout the United States and throughout the world. As a sideman, Reed frequently works with bass vibraphonist Warren Wolf, trumpeter Sean Jones, and bass ...

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James Carter, Milt Jackson, Logan Richardson and More

Read "James Carter, Milt Jackson, Logan Richardson and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we open with a live cut from Newport Jazz recorded by James Carter and his Organ Trio. From there, we do what Neon Jazz is known for .. doing interviews and probing into the life of today's jazz musician, as we profile Kit Downes and hear new music from Kansas City-native Logan Richardson. Then, ...

Trio+

Label: Stricker Street Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Something Suite 1st movement (3:43) 2nd movement (1:27) 3rd movement (4:01) 4th movement (4:51) Cantata (6:38) Amy Pookie (6:52) My Foolish Heart (9:14) Neophilia (2:56) How Deep Is the Ocean (intro) (2:12) How Deep Is the Ocean (5:25) Invitation (7:05) Plummeting (6:36)

On These Streets

Label: Stricker Street Records
Released: 2018

ARTICLE: RADIO

Wind, Frost & Radiation with Kari Ikonen

Read "Wind, Frost & Radiation with Kari Ikonen" reviewed by Nick Davies

This show features an interview with pianist Kari Ikonen where we discuss the strength and depth of the Finnish jazz scene as well as his recent trio's album Wind, Frost & Radiation, which is out on Ozella Music. The playlist also include lots of great new music from artists like Fred Hersch and Jessica Lauren.

Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt

Read "Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt" reviewed by John Ephland

The setting was Systems Two, a well-known, state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn. The sessions, occurring over five days in May (7-11) 2017, were set up to record Cuban pianist/composer Elio Villafranca's sixth album, the elaborate and thoroughly rehearsed double-CD Cinque (artistShare), the music previously performed in shows at Lincoln Center in 2015. Present at ...

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Elio Villafranca at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 16-17 & More!

Elio Villafranca at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 16-17 & More!

ELIO VILLAFRANCA UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Cuban Pianist Presents Cinqué-Suite of the Caribbean April 16 & April 17 (LIVE WEBCAST) Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Cinqué-Suite of the Caribbean debuted in The Appel Room in 2015 and was one of the top concerts of the 2014-15 season. Cuban pianist and composer Elio Villafranca ...


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