Lenny Marcus Trio
Jazz Times Magazine has described Lenny Marcus’ music as “Infectious!” No wonder, since Lenny worked for many years in New Orleans studying and performing with legends such as Ray Bryant, Ellis Marsalis and Alvin Batiste . He has a strong blues oriented left hand, thanks to Bryant. Lenny possesses a superior melodic imagination and highly developed arranging and orchestration skills that become palpable throughout a diversity of styles-swinging, cool, sophisticated , Jazzified Beethoven masterpieces, Latin, toe- tapping , high energy as well as beautifully contemplative and engaging.
His latest release, Gloria’s Step TOUTED as “ Swinging elegant fun,” has reached #10 on Canadian jazz charts & 34 in the top 50 of USA charts. An earlier release, Sun Ray , a Ray Bryant tribute, was considered to be one the top jazz albums of 2012, and his follow up ‘TONK’ in 2013 was acclaimed by noteable jazz critic Owen Cordle of JazzTimes magazine.
International famed players who have performed and recorded with LMT include Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis,Frank Foster,Brian Lynch, David “ Fathead “ Newman (Ray Charles tenor) and Jane Powell.
Lenny has performed in three New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, Spoleto , Barbados and Grenada Jazz festivals in addition to appearing four times in Wash DC at the famed Blues Alley with his trio.
Lenny Marcus (piano, keys, flute, vox) hails from Washington, D.C., but he worked for many years in New Orleans studying and performing with legends such as Ray Bryant, Ellis Marsalis, Alvin Batiste, and recording with David “Fathead” Newman, Charlie Byrd, Frank Foster, Sonny Fortune, Brian Lynch, Jane Powell and others. His compositions are refreshing and uplifting, and he has been compared to Vince Guaraldi, Oscar Peterson, Mose Allison, Ray Bryant and many others.
Larry Scott (drums) resides in Lynchburg, Virginia and he has traveled extensively. He is one of the most sought after drummers in Southwestern VA. Among his many accomplishments is he has played with the Lynchburg Symphony, and he has opened for Kool and the Gang. He is an instructor at the Lynchburg Music School. Cadence and Jazztimes magazines have given him high marks for his percussive style.
Rick Eckberg (upright bass, double bass) is a native of Rochester, New York. 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. 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, North Carolina playing in the Durham Symphony.