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