Bass clarinetist, composer and bandleader Todd Marcus is one of the few jazz artists worldwide to focus exclusively on the bass clarinet. Though use of bass clarinet in jazz typically leans heavily towards avant-garde and free jazz styles, Marcus’ straight-ahead playing has carved out a unique voice for the instrument in modern jazz. Based in Baltimore, Md., Marcus actively leads small ensembles such as The Todd Marcus 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 recently have increasingly explored Middle Eastern sounds from his Egyptian-American heritage. His work includes international performances, clinics and radio play, and Marcus has worked with other artists such as Bennie Maupin, Don Byron, Larry Willis, Ralph Peterson, Gary Thomas, Odean Pope, Tim Warfield, Sean Jones, George Colligan, Orrin Evans, Joel Frahm, Xavier Davis and Mike Formanek.