The George Colligan/Todd Marcus Quartet
featuring Warren Wolf
George Colligan – piano
Todd Marcus - bass clarinet
Warren Wolf – drums
Eric Wheeler- bass
A high energy quartet performing straight-ahead jazz standards and original compositions by pianist George Colligan and bass clarinetist Todd Marcus. Featured on the 2012 Todd Marcus album Inheritance - a National Public Radio pick for one of the top 10 jazz albums of 2012.
Video link: http://youtu.be/cMtDpePeVGs?t=2m26s
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George Colligan is a jazz pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. An award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient) and player (winner, Jazzconnect.com Jazz Competition), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Ravi Coltrane, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs). Colligan is currently a member of Jack Dejohnette's new Quintet. As a leader, Colligan has released 19 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. His latest CD on the Piloo Records label is entitled Pride and Joy. Colligan’s musical style incorporates everything from showtunes to funk, from free improvisation to 20th century classical music. His performances include dazzling technique as well as mature restraint. Colligan recently began performing on the Hammond 44 melodion.
George Colligan has toured, recorded, and/or performed as a sideman with Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Gary Thomas, Dave Weckl, Steve Coleman, Eddie Henderson, Ralph Peterson, Vanessa Rubin, Steve Wilson, Richard Bona, Jane Monheit, Ravi Coltrane, Lenny White, Michael Brecker, Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Miguel Zenon, Janis Siegel, Christian McBride, Billy Hart, Charles Fambrough, Mingus Big Band, Al Foster, Gunther Schuller, Mark Turner, Lee Konitz, Jamie Baum, Carl Allen, Michal Urbaniak, DJ Logic and Stefon Harris, among others. Colligan has been a faculty member of the Juilliard Jazz Program and is now the Jazz Area Coordinator at Portland State University.
"Colligan is an equally deserving torch-carrier of the piano trio tradition...."
John Kelman, All About Jazz
"One of the best kept secrets in jazz...."
Chris Hoven, All About Jazz
“As a creative artist, he’s really up there….In terms of technique, knowledge of music and improvisational creativity, there aren’t a whole lot of cats from his generation that are any better than him. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of any.”
Don Braden in a blindfold test for Jazz Times
Todd Marcus is one of the few jazz artists worldwide to focus exclusively on use of the bass clarinet as a primary soloing instrument. While use of bass clarinet in jazz typically tends to lean heavily towards avant-garde and free-jazz styles, Marcus’ playing presents the instrument with a modern straight-ahead jazz approach. His music swings hard with both fiery and introspective intensity but also maintains a strong lyrical sensibility. He actively leads small ensembles such as the Todd Marcus Quartet, Trio, and Duo as well as his nonet, 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 Bennie Maupin, Larry Willis, Don Byron, Odean Pope, Tim Warfield, Sean Jones, Xavier Davis, George Colligan, Orrin Evans, Joel Frahm, 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.
Marcus balances his music career by running Newborn Holistic Ministries, a nonprofit addressing poverty related issues in his Baltimore, Maryland neighborhood. The organization runs an art program providing children and adults with alternatives to drugs and violence in the community, a recovery program for women overcoming drug addiction and homelessness, and has achieved significant community revitalization by renovating abandoned buildings and vacant lots.
“Marcus’ mastery of the regular clarinet…turns the licorice stick into an instrument of power and expressiveness.”
--- Jazz Times, December 2012
“One of the best albums of 2012…equally joyful and engaging. Slight influence of Middle East music just adds to the intrigue. Straight-ahead jazz, but nothing straight-forward about it."
--- Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm, Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2012
"Here's a record [Inheritance] with a lot of hidden layers...It's distinct and studied but merges into the modern mainstream."
--- Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR, Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2012
“The [bass clarinet] has been used for freewheeling, wailing improvisation in free jazz (c.f. Eric Dolphy) and fusion (c.f. Bennie Maupin). But it has rarely been used for playing well-defined melodies at brisk tempos, and that’s where Marcus has broken new ground.”
--- Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore City Paper, November 2012
“…hard-nosed and rhythmic and almost always revelatory.”
--- Giovanni Russonello, CapitolBop.com, November 2012
“I’m impressed with [Marcus’] approach and imagination, not to mention his technique.”
--- John Poses, Columbia Daily Tribune, November 2012
“[an] incredible bass clarinet player, arranger, and composer”
--- The Urbanite, February 2012
“…masterfully performed solos…If you need to get your blood pumping, this [music] will fit the bill.”
--- Examiner.com, November 26, 2010
“Powerful, intricate jazz flowing through a bass clarinet”
--- The B Daily, February 2010
Warren Wolf is a multi-instrumentalist accomplished on the vibraphone, drums, and piano who leads his own bands with national and international touring and has several recordings to date under his own name. Wolf’s music career began at a very young age under the mentorship of his father Warren Wolf, Sr. and also attended the Peabody Prepatory for eight years studying classical music with former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra member Leo LePage. During his high school years at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Warren studied with current Baltimore Symphony Orchestra member John Locke. After graduating from Baltimore School for the Arts in June of 1997, Wolf attended and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
Wolf is also a sought after sideman who is a member of Christian McBride’s band and has worked with Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Jeremy Pelt, Bobby Watson, Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield, Adonis Rose, Donal Fox, Anthony Wonsey, Aaron Goldberg, Cyrus Chestnut, Lewis Nash, Willie Jones, Eric Reed, Mulgrew Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Yoron Israel, Rachael Price, Larry Willis, David "Fathead" Newman, Stefon Harris, Reuben Rogers, Kevin Eubanks, Curtis Lundy, Steve Davis, Duane Eubanks, Ron Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spaulding and many others.
Eric Wheeler is a Washington, DC native who began studying classical music at the age of nine at the DC Youth Orchestra Program in Washington, DC and at age 13 was accepted into the Duke Ellington School for the Arts, where he began to study jazz music. He continued his studies at Howard University where he received both Bachelor and Master’s degrees. Since then he has performed nationally and internationally with notable jazz artist such as Stephon Harris, Tim Warfield, Cyrus Chestnut, and Roy Hargrove. He has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns, the Lincoln Theatre, Wolf Trap, and the Strathmore Music Center, all located in the DC area. He also performs quite frequently at Ortleibs Jazz in Philadelphia, PA and the infamous Zinc Bar located New York City, NY. In addition to playing at numerous jazz clubs and performing arts centers on the east coast, Eric has also performed at major jazz festivals in the US and abroad.