|Marcus Anderson (USA) - saxophone |
Saxophonist, flautist and vocalist, Marcus Anderson electrifies stages with an unmatchable energy and an intoxicating sound that stretches the definition of the smooth jazz genre. Anderson, a South Carolina native, is from a large musical family. Growing up, both of his parents sang regularly, but it was his father who introduced him Jazz. He began playing the saxophone at a young age and it wasnít long before he was given the opportunity to perform on tour with pianist, Marcus Johnson. During his college years, Marcus studied with Branford Marsalis and Donald Hayes. Marcus performs frequently around the US and this summer, he won the 2009 Capital Jazz Fest National Competition and earned a spot on the Capital Jazz Cruise. On stage, his showmanship & talent exceeds well beyond his years. Anderson has opened for or shared the stage with Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, George Duke, Everette Harp, Alex Bugnon, Nenna Freelon, Bob Baldwin, Ledisi, Layla Hathaway and several others. This year, Marcus released his second solo album From The Heart and is currently in rotation at various terrestrial and internet stations around the country. Anderson is also the youngest endorsee of Antigua Winds Saxophones.