The clarinet once held a key role in early New Orleans jazz but later fell out of favor to the saxophone as jazz progressed with bebop and louder, faster styles. Today, Baltimore bass clarinetist, composer, and bandleader Todd Marcus pairs with New York clarinetist Don Byron, a trailblazer for over three decades, to present a unique jazz concert. Marcus is one of the few jazz artists worldwide to give voice to the bass clarinet in modern jazz and together, they will present two generations of artists showcasing the potential for the instrument.

The two artists were featured on Marcus’ 2012 album Inheritance, named one of the top 10 Jazz albums of 2012 by NPR, and did a five city tour in 2016.  Byron, a prolific composer and performer as a Guggenheim Fellowship, Doris Duke Performing Artist Award winner, and a former “Jazz Artist of the Year” by jazz’s Down Beat magazine, “sees some of himself” in the upcoming Marcus who has written critically acclaimed music, often incorporating Middle Eastern influences of his Egyptian heritage.

Self taught in jazz theory and composition, Marcus’ straight-ahead playing has carved out a unique voice for the bass clarinet in modern jazz. His music swings hard with both a fiery and introspective intensity but also maintains a strong lyrical sensibility.  The bass clarinetist has been voted a “Rising Star” in Downbeat Magazine’s Annual Critics Poll since 2013 and in 2014 was the winner of Baltimore’s prestigious Baker Artist Award winner.  The New York Times writes, “Mr. Marcus is probably the most inventive bass clarinetist working in straight-ahead jazz today…[and] lives in Baltimore, where he is a guiding light on the city’s jazz scene who doubles as an activist and organizer.”

In addition to Marcus and Byron, the performance will feature Chris Ziemba (piano), Zack Pride (bass), and Eric Kennedy (drums).
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In-person seats: $25 in advance / $30 at door
Sales close 1 hr before showtime; remaining tickets may be purchased at door
$10 full-time students with valid ID
Attendees receive a link to the recording to view for one week.

Streaming  Cost is $15
Link will be revealed 15 minutes before the show

and will remain active through Oct. 8

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