Todd Marcus Quintet
On These Streets
Part of the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival 2018
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Performance begins at 8:00 pm
Jazz musician Todd Marcus has worked as a community activist in his west Baltimore neighborhood for more than 20 years. The compositions featured in On These Streets were inspired by that neighborhood and the civil unrest that happened in Baltimore following the death of community member Freddie Grey in April 2015. In these pieces, Marcus depicts the beauty in both the challenges and strengths of his community.
Suitable for all ages.
About Todd Marcus
Based in Baltimore, MD, Marcus actively leads small ensembles such as the Todd Marcus Quintet, Quartet, Trio, and Duo as well as his nine-piece band The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra on original compositions and jazz standards.
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. He has worked with other jazz artists such as Gary Bartz, Bennie Maupin, Don Byron, Larry Willis, Odean Pope, Gary Thomas, Joel Frahm, Tim Warfield, Ralph Peterson, Warren Wolf, Sean Jones, Xavier Davis, George Colligan, and Orrin Evans.
Marcus’ performances include national and international touring. He was a featured artist in the 2017 Jazz Tales Festival in Egypt, the 2015 Cairo Jazz Festival, and in 2005 at the 1st World Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam, Holland. Marcus balances his music career by running Intersection of Change, a nonprofit addressing poverty-related issues in his Baltimore neighborhood. The organization runs a community arts program for children & adults, a recovery program for women overcoming drug addiction, an urban farm, and has achieved significant community revitalization by renovating abandoned buildings and vacant lots.