The Original Pittsburgh Winery Presents

Marcus Anderson

Ages 21 and up
Saturday, April 13
Doors: 7pm // Show: 8pm
$45 / Day Of : $45
NMOJazz Presents The Smooth Jazz & Wine Concert Series
featuring Marcus Anderson

Doors at 7PM | Show at 8PM | 21 and over

$40 Advance / $45 Day of show
  ** Face value does not include tax/fees 

About Marcus Anderson:

The Grammy and Stellar Award Nominated artist is an incredible act and one worth watching, saxophonist Marcus Anderson is the golden child shining among stars. With 13 studio albums on his list of accomplishments, the fusion jazz artist brings R&B, Pop, Rock and Funk to make music that puts listeners in another atmosphere. Charting number one in both categories of Billboard’s Smooth Jazz and Sirius XM’s Watercolors with numerous hits the Spartanburg, SC native is delivering major music in a humble way. His work with the late Prince and the New Power Generation led him to join stages with the likes of CeeLo Green, Judith Hill, Stevie Wonder, and Liv Warfield just to name a few, where he had become a key contributor in these touring band. Prince also featured Marcus on his last release Hit N Run Phase 2, playing on “Revelation” and “Look at Me Look at You”.

Anderson is an act that puts on a show for and with household names. Whether he is performing for dignitaries such as President Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson and Hillary Clinton or blazing the stage with Sheila E., Anthony Hamilton or Miguel in a collaborative effort, Anderson is always the man of the hour, delivering stellar musicianship every time. Stevie Wonder, CeeLo Green, Lailah Hathaway, Eric Benet, Brian Culbertson, Jennifer Holiday are just a few out of the numerous world-renowned artists that Anderson has opened for and with whom he has shared the stage.

Both near and far, audiences of all musical tastes have made their way to hear Marcus Anderson and his band “The Creatives”. He and his band present a show in which no other instrumentalist has ever brought to the stage. High-spirited and welcoming, Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist who is not afraid of “giving it his all” He’s a fan-favorite at highly recognized festivals such as Essence Music Festival, Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Fest and many more. He has also appeared with headliners on top-ranking shows like The Tonight Show, Arsenio Hall, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Jimmy Fallon.

“A couple of firsts…”

Anderson, is 5 years into the coffee business and the proud owner of “Trax Coffee Bar” located in downtown Rocky Mount, NC where they serve his Brand of Coffee, “AND Coffee”. He also hosted the very first ever Jazz and Coffee Festival in Asheville, NC every August. Marcus has also most recently ventured into the world of comics and animation also being the first jazz artist in history to create his own comic book and cartoon animation.

Anderson’s Favorite quote given to him by his dad is “work smarter not harder”.

After his breakthrough in contemporary jazz circles as the 2009 winner of the Capital Jazz Fest Challenge and currently on tour with PRINCE. Marcus Anderson is still embracing every opportunity to perform and inspire fans – and most importantly, as the title of his third and latest CD attests, fully living in the NOW. The multi-talented producer, song writer, composer, saxophonist, vocalist and flutist’s original working title was “Transition,” a nod to the powerful ongoing development of his career and his move toward the top tier of contemporary jazz. Anderson realized that the career he had always dreamed of was indeed happening right NOW, and it’s exciting. With the release of NOW, his third solo CD, Anderson’s goal is to capture the energy from his live shows and make this collection of music his most dynamic, joyful and creative recordings yet. Anderson, a South Carolina native, is from a large musical family of seven siblings him being the youngest. Growing up, both of his parents sung regularly, but it was his father who introduced him to Jazz, which has become his passion. Aware of his natural talent, his parents nurtured his musicality and he began performing in church with his older brothers. He graduated from Dorman High School in Roebuck, SC and after graduation he continued his jazz studies at North Carolina Central University. There he was a member of the program’s world renowned Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Ira Wiggins. He studied with Branford Marsalis and Gospel Saxophonist, Donald Hayes for several years. His early numerous accolades includes: All-State High School Jazz Ensemble for South Carolina three consecutive years. Received the Chancellor’s Award three consecutive years. Performed for Hilary Clinton and Jesse Jackson Was a member of the HBCU All-Star Jazz Ensemble as 1st Tenor Sax for three consecutive years. A proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America and A proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fratenity Inc. Winner of the North Carolina Gospel Announcers Guild Prestige Awards for Gospel Jazz Artist of the Year. On Stage No one can deny the energy created during a live performance. It’s magical how an artist can connect with the audience and make that moment powerful and memorable. Anderson has an explosive energy on stage, and it shows in all of his live performances, including past high profile appearances at venues such as Jazz Fest West, The Capital Jazz Fest Jazz Alley in Seattle, the Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival, Humphrey’s in San Diego, Spaghettini in Seal Beach and the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City, Florida. Widely recognized for his natural ability to entertain, early on he quickly became a first call sideman, and performed with groups such as PRINCE Sheila E, Anthony Hamilton Pieces of a Dream and Four80East. Marcus has also been invited to perform with or open for Peter White, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, George Duke, Wynton Marsalis, Alex Bugnon, Nnenna Freelon, Jeff Lorber, Bob Baldwin, Ledisi, Jennifer Holiday, Lalah Hathaway and many others. Packing the venues with devout fans who shout for more. “For me, it’s about the crowd”, said Anderson, “I feed off their energy”. . Currently Touring with PRINCE . Toured With Sheila E. Summer 2012 •Anthony Hamilton, opening act for PRINCE •Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival - Avalon, CA •Humphrey’s Backstage Live – San Diego, CA •Jazz Fest West – San Dimas, CA •Jazz on the Hill – Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands •Seabreeze Jazz Festival – Panama City Beach, FL •Genuine Jazz Fest – Copper Mountain, CO •Jazz Alley w/ Four80East – Seattle, WA •Anthology – w/ Four80East - San Diego, CA •Thornton Winery Jazz Series – Temecula, CA •Spaghettini – Seal Beach, CA •Capital Jazz Fest Challenge - Washington, DC - 2009 winner •Capital Jazz Super Cruise - Bahamas •Blues Alley - Washington, DC – headliner, sold out show •Carolina Music Theatre - Durham, NC with Ledisi •The Gardens on El Paseo - Palm Desert, CA •Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD •Jazz On The River - Fayetteville, NC •Christmas with Jennifer Holiday - Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC •Black Film Fest w/ Malcolm Jamal Warner – Winston-Salem, NC •Jazz Under the Stars – Nassau, Bahamas •Carolina Music Fest w/ Mike Phillips & Boney James – Cary, NC •Downtown Jazz Series w/ Four 80 East & Matt Marshak - Winston-Salem, NC •Silver Springs Jazz Festival, opened for Winton Marsalis – Silver Springs, MD •Virginia Beach Jazz Festival – Virginia Beach, VA •Old Pasadena Jazz Festival w/ Marcus Johnson – Pasadena, CA Music Anderson’s newest and third solo CD is a 13-track collection driven by his trademark powerful horn textured melodies, which he composes as if his saxes are singing like vocalists with dynamic, sensual and funky grooves. He also occasionally plays flute, and creates fascinating vocals on covers of Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” and Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin’” using the AKAI EWI 4000 and talkbox. The saxophonist vibes on NOW with incredible young musicians like 17-year-old keyboardist Nicholas Cole, bassist Julian Vaughn, as well as the popular Canadian electronic duo Four80East (on “M-Powered”). But it is on the soulful “Together Forever” that he joins vocalist and twin-brother Marcel Anderson to create harmonies reminiscent of the great gospel-jazz group Take 6. “When I started the album,” Anderson says, “I was thinking I was just making the transition into the next phase of my career. But then I thought about these past two incredible years and realized I was already living that phase Now!” NOW is expected to debut high on the charts just like his second album From The Heart (2009) did. It drew critical raves and earned strong airplay for both “Karsen’s Song” and “Sparkle City” (written about his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina.) The track “Everything’s Clearer” was played regularly on the Cable TV network; Music Choice. His first CD, My Turn, is an upbeat collection of musical moods ranging from bold jazz grooves to romantic ballads. Notable singles from My Turn include the title track, “Waiting For You,” and “That’s The Way It Goes.” Reviews “Between the time I wrote my glowing review of Marcus Anderson’s 2009 collection From The Heart and today, I had the privilege of seeing the great indie sax player onstage. Naturally, my expectations were doubly high for his appropriately titled follow-up NOW, and I’m excited to say he delivered! This well produced 13-track set is driven by Anderson’s dynamic and emotionally powerful horn textured melodies (many of which feature him playing any combination of tenor, alto and/or soprano) and colorful in the pocket grooves. NOW is also notable for Anderson’s keen use of the AKAI EWI 4000 and “talkbox” on select tracks. The multi-talented saxman/composer also keeps high profile company, vibing strongly with guitarist Nate Najar, keyboardist Nicholas Cole, bassist Julian Vaughn and, on one of NOW’s most engaging and trippy tracks, the chill electronica flavored “M. Powered”--the Canadian duo Four80East who also produced the track. Urban jazz fans who favor Albright, James and Whalum need to add a little of Marcus’ creatively expansive sunshine to their worlds”. – Jonathan Widran, All Music Guide “Saxophonist Marcus Anderson, a Capitol Jazz Fest Challenge winner who has studied with Branford Marsalis, is a man you want to know if you like your contemporary jazz funky, urban and uplifting. The title track to his third solo CD, NOW, is a bouncy soprano sax tune that’s sure to remind listeners of the best of Kim Waters. Anderson also lays down his burnished, deeper-sounding tenor sax on such tempting originals as “Feeling You” and “M-Powered,” the latter produced, mixed and arranging by the award-winning jazz duo Four80East. Old-school fans will simply dig Anderson’s talkbox talents on classics; Smokey Robinson’s “Crusin’” and Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time.” Add the urban-adult flavor of “Together Forever” with Marcel Anderson’s smooth vocals and Marcus Cole’s smoky vocals on the anthemic “Family Bond,” and you’ve got yourself one the best CDs of 2011”. – Brian Soergel, JazzTimes “One of the most entertaining, solid and innovative of the newer saxmen, Marcus Anderson riled the crowd and turned the King of Pop Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time” into a rousing tribute, complete with a touch of the MJ dance and the wearing of the Glove. His use of the EWI was icing on the cake. In fact, he actually made excellent use of that instrument at various points during his magnificent performance. Also noteworthy was his impressive handling of some standard jazz runs during one of R&B vocalist Pam Ward’s performances, proving that he’s more than just another run-of-the-mill smooth jazz sax.” – Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Ride “Marcus Anderson has to be one of contemporary jazz’s best kept secrets on the circuit. Anderson’s blissful horn and dazzling arrangements coupled with his crowd pleasing performances make him a true gem on the horizon.” – Rachelle Bivens, ABYSSJazz Magazine Social Media GENERAL INFORMATION (917) 397-0543 BOOKING CONTACT Al Willis, (919) 490-0209 RADIO CONTACT Dave Kunert, Future Groove Promotion (630) 236-6990 PUBLICIST CONTACT Meloney M. Miller,
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