Marcus Anderson heads to London this weekend!
This weekend Prince's sax player Marcus Anderson is playing one of the best Jazz venues in London.
He's playing 4 shows, 2 Friday and 2 Saturday
From the Venue's website:
Fri-21-Aug (6:00pm) - £25.00 Marcus Anderson Show Time 7:30pm - 9pm / Doors Open 6pm
The Pop/R&B and Jazz musician’s career is fast becoming one to watch. Hailing from South Carolina, Marcus Anderson is currently performing to audiences all over the world as one of Prince’s saxophonists in New Power Generation. As part of Prince's touring group, Anderson has played and been showcased in such iconic festivals such as the Essence Music Festival, Monteux Jazz Festival and the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival. With the release of his latest album 'Style Meets Substance', Anderson challenges the status quo of smooth jazz with his smoldering horn, enthralling star quality and command of a stage.
“Touring with Prince has been rewarding in so many different ways; I feel as if I’m in grad school, business classes, and etiquette school all wrapped into one. Thank you Paisley University!”
Watching Marcus Anderson perform is akin to no other live experience. The tremendous musicianship Anderson displays in-person is matched only by his energetic, charismatic and passionate showmanship. Heavily influenced by artists such as Michael Jackson, James Brown and PRINCE, Anderson’s magnetic stage persona and tremendous enjoyment of performing is undeniable. Anderson makes the stage his musical playground and the stage becomes the setting for where “style meets substance”.
NEW RELEASE – STYLE MEETS SUBSTANCE
“Music moves me, so I want to move others the same way” says Anderson, who breaks away from his traditional smooth jazz roots to deliver his new, aptly named album, ‘Style Meets Substance’. Infused with R&B, pop, rock and funky grooves, ‘Style Meets Substance’ is the essence of Anderson himself; soulful, versatile and hard to ignore. Showcasing this electric new record on a world-wide tour in 2014, Anderson is guaranteed to captivate his audiences with his on stage energy and raw talent.
‘Style Meets Substance’, the fifth solo release from Marcus Anderson is the epitome of his musical influences. His trademark horn playing and arrangements provide an album of beautiful momentum that pushes the sonic experience into an exquisite listening pleasure. Sensual sax melodies, smooth jazz standards, funky grooves and Latin beats are all combined into one 13 track album. All songs are written, performed, arranged and produced by Anderson, demonstrating his constant reinvention of contemporary jazz traditions. ‘Style Meets Substance’ also features collaborations with renowned musicians Morris Hayes, Nicholas Cole, and horn players from the New Power Generation.
ABOUT MARCUS ANDERSON
A son of South Carolina, Anderson was introduced to jazz by his father at a young age. The youngest of seven, Anderson grew up performing and singing in church with his older brothers. He later became a member of the All-State High School Jazz Ensemble for South Carolina. After graduation, Anderson studied jazz 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, achieving many accolades along the way. He received the Chancellor’s Award three years running, and performed for Hilary Clinton and Jesse Jackson.
Anderson’s breakthrough into contemporary jazz circles came in 2009 as the winner of the Capital Jazz Fest Challenge. Since then, Anderson has had a meteoric rise to success, touring with PRINCE, Sheila E. and Anthony Hamilton. Anderson has been honored to open for and join on stage artists such as Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Peter White, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, George Duke, Wynton Marsalis, Alex Bugnon, Nnenna Freelon, Jeff Lorber, Bob Baldwin and Jennifer Holiday.
In 2011, Anderson released his third critically acclaimed record, NOW, which launched him into the jazz stratosphere. The multi-instrumentalist’s intent was to challenge and stretch his smooth jazz roots, producing a diverse record that reached across R&B, pop and jazz boundaries; showcasing his exceptional growth as producer, arranger and artist. Following the success of his 2011 album ‘NOW’, PRINCE called for Anderson to join him, and Anderson has since then performed and recorded as a featured saxophonist and personality for PRINCE’s New Power Generation.