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The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra makes its debut in Annapolis at 49 West performing music from its recent album Blues for Tahrir, a recent pick for one of the top 40 albums of 2015 by Jazz Times magazine.
Todd Marcus – bass clarinet
Greg Tardy – tenor sax
Russell Kirk – alto sax
Brent Birckhead – flute & alto sax
Alex Norris – trumpet
Darius Jones – trombone
Bruce Barth – piano
Jeff Reed – bass
Eric Kennedy – drums
Irene Jalenti – vocals…
Nora Howell – visual art
“Marcus…is clearly what the jazz polls call a “rising star” – as a composer-arranger and as a bass clarinetist. In Marcus’ hands, the bass clarinet is no longer a specialty instrument. Its unique timbral richness becomes incisive, fully capable of forceful expression.”
— JazzTimes, August 2015
“Listeners won’t have any trouble recognizing Marcus’s compelling gifts for composing and arranging.”
— The Washington Post, May 2015
“Todd Marcus is not only one of the great individualists in jazz, he’s also a great composer. There’ve been some amazing big band jazz albums issued in the past few years, but none as good as this since Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society released their withering anti-gentrification broadside Brooklyn Babylon in 2012. As happened with that album, time may judge Blues for Tahrir to be a classic.”
— New York Music Daily, May 2015
“Baltimore-based Todd Marcus, the virtuoso bass clarinetist and composer, is a master of straight-ahead jazz.”
—Baltimore Sun, January 2014
Voted a Rising Star in the 2015, 2014 & 2013 Annual Critics Poll for “clarinet” and “miscellaneous instrument” categories.
— Downbeat magazine