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Todd Marcus - Harry Appelman Duo
Sat, 09/04/10 (2064 days ago)  
From: 08:00 PM To: 09:00 PM  
Location: An die Musik Live

Todd Marcus
Todd Marcus - Harry Appelman Duo

Tickets: $12 general/$10 students


Exploring an intimate interplay on jazz standards and originals, bass clarinetist Todd Marcus and pianist Harry Appelman display a strong rapport and exciting improvisations in their duo playing.

Marcus is one of the few jazz artists worldwide to focus exclusively on use of the bass clarinet and Jazz Times contributing journalist David Adler writes, “With his melodic imagination and technical aptitude on an unorthodox horn, Marcus has something truly new and personal to offer.” In addition to his duo with Appelman actively leads the Todd Marcus Quartet and Trio as well The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra.

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. His work includes international performances, clinics, and radio play and he has worked with other jazz artists such as Larry Willis, Sean Jones, Orrin Evans, Odean Pope, Joel Frahm, Tim Warfield, Xavier Davis, Mike Formanek, and Gary Thomas. Marcus was also a featured guest at the 1st World Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam, Holland where his work was recognized for both his compositions and unique solo voice.

Appelman was named in Washingtonian magazine's February 2003 "Great Music" issue as one of the D.C. area's best jazz artists, was a finalist in both the 1987 and 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competitions (finishing second in 1988), and one of three prizewinners in the 1989 Great American Jazz Piano Competition.

He has worked with Eddie Daniels, Gary Thomas, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Jim Snidero, Valery Ponomarev, Brian Lynch, Don Braden, Vincent Herring, Jack Wilkins, Walt Weiskopf, The Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Artie Shaw Ochestra among others. He is a member of several Latin jazz groups such as the Duende Quartet and Afro Bop Alliance and plays frequently with Palmetto recording artists Rumba Club. He has performed in concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Darren Atwater, and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra with guest soloist Branford Marsalis. He has also resided and performed in Boston and New York City -- where he played with numerous creative and respected groups, ranging from trumpeter Scott Wendholt's quartet to vocalist Dakota Staton's trio.

A native of the Chicago area, Appelman began his classical music training in the first grade, later turning to the fusion and rock idioms and ultimately to jazz. After graduating with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois -- where he was honored as a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude -- he went on to earn a Master of Music degree with Distinction from the New England Conservatory. His post-graduate music studies have included work with Jim McNeely, Fred Hersch, Stanley Cowell, Tom McKinley, Sophia Rosoff and other brilliant pianist-teachers.

Harry Appelman
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