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Cadence Review, Oct. 2016

LENNY MARCUS [p], has been putting out records since the 1980s. His music is easily accessible but never pandering to commercialism. His latest, MOVING FOURTH [LJM-024] offers up 13 tracks [57:13] of which 10 are originals. The standards are “The In Crowd” (he does more with this than Ramsey Lewis), “Solar” and “What A Wonderful World”. Marcus shows a full range on the keys with nods to McCoy Tyner, Beethoven and Ramsey Lewis. It is ironic that on the hype sheet accompanying the CD is a quote credited to this fine magazine, Cadence, that says “Marcus resembles Keith Jarrett”—of which I hear no resemblance. This is really Marcus’ date. He is joined by his trio [Larry Scott-drm, Rick Eckberg-b] and friends [Vladimir Espinosa-perc, Ken Hitchcock-sax, Chris Magee-tpt/fly, Tom Artwick-sax/flt] all of whom make fine contributions but the writing and arranging is subservient to the piano. Marcus has written some fine originals here and he is the one who shines in totality. It’s about music.

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Tour Dates

Date City Venue
12/06/16 Roanoke Downtown Roanoke Library
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 706 South Jefferson Street. Venue phone: 540-853-2473‎. Charlie Brown Christmas Show.
12/10/16 Roanoke Montano’s International Gourmet
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 3733 Franklin Rd SW. Venue phone: 540-344-8960.
12/13/16 Roanoke, VA Raleigh Court Library
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2112 Grandin Rd SW. Venue phone: (540) 853-2240. New Orleans Jazz Christmas
12/17/16 Roanoke Montano’s International Gourmet
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 3733 Franklin Rd SW. Venue phone: 540-344-8960.

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 Lenny Marcus

lennyLenny Marcus hails from Washington, D.C., beginning his jazz career studying with Ray Bryant, then moving to New Orleans where he worked for many years, studying  with legends  Ellis Marsalis & Alvin Batiste. He then went on to record with a host of stellar jazz artists, including David “Fathead” Newman, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Lou Donaldson, Frank Foster, Sonny Fortune, Brian Lynch, Jane Powell and many others.  His band is a well schooled jazz group. “Their jazz is infectious!,” Jazz Times magazine.

Lenny has recorded 22 albums as leader to date, performed in several international jazz festivals, three New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals, and has had his music featured on radio and TV, including song placements on CNN’s Hero’s series, the National Weather Channel (many songs over several years), NPR’s ALL that Jazz and ALL Songs Considered. Two of his songs were finalists in the ISC international song writer’s competition, and he’s received rave reviews for “The Jazz Of Beethoven” from both JAZZ TIMES and CADENCE magazines. His album, SUN RAY- A Tribute To Ray Bryant, is a heartfelt homage to his first piano teacher and family friend. SUN RAY has been rated among the top jazz albums on the National Jazz Charts for radio airplay in the USA/Canada, reaching #4 on the charts in June 2012, and being listed by JAZZ TIMES Magazine contributor Owen Cordle as #9 in the TOP 50 Jazz albums of 2012.  The music of SUN RAY- A Tribute To Ray Bryant,  and THE JAZZ OF BEETHOVEN were showcased at Blues Alley in DC in January 2013 and “brought the house down!” His latest albums, TONK and PEACE FOR BEETHOVEN – A Jazz Of Beethoven Companion, were both released in April 2013 sparking another Fall Tour in 2013.  The trio played their innovative jazz arrangements of Beethoven Masterpieces up and down the East Coast, then they were invited back to Blues Alley to feature “TONK,” gathering more fans and receiving standing ovations.

Lenny’s music goes from modern high energy to a more contemplative, meditative approach.

Lenny is a highly trained jazz pianist who also plays flute and adds vocals. His compositions are refreshing and uplifting, and he has been compared to Vince Guaraldi, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Mose Allison-type vocal style, Ray Bryant, and many others. His original melodies and harmonic counterpoints have also been used for film/TV soundtracks.

Rick Eckberg

LMT Trio Finals hi IMG_8952Rick Eckberg is a native of Rochester, NY.  Rick studied double bass at Eastman School of Music while entering the jazz scene in upstate New York as a high school and college student.  After military service in the Army, Rick completed graduate studies at U North Carolina – Chapel Hill which led to parallel careers in chemistry and music. He has appeared with jazz greats including Carol Sloane, Teddy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney, Dakota Staton, and many others in various club and concert venues on the East  Coast.  Rick now lives in Hillsborough, NC and plays in the Durham Symphony, and has performed and recorded with Lenny Marcus for several years.

Larry Scott

LMT Trio Finals hi IMG_9112 - Version 2Larry Scott resides in Lynchburg VA but he has traveled extensively and is one of the most sought after drummers in Southwestern VA. Among his many accomplishments, he had played with the Lynchburg Symphony, and he has opened for “Kool and the Gang.”  He is an instructor at the Lynchburg Music School.  Since 2008-present, he has devoted much of his playing time to performing in the Lenny Marcus Trio, and he’s received standing ovations for his performances. Cadence and Jazztimes magazines have given him high marks for his percussive style, and he amazed audiences at Blues Alley in Wash DC for two shows in 2013.


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