Marcus Evans

percussionist

Gary, Indiana native Marcus Evans has been a regular on the Chicago music scene as well as an international performer for several years.  A lifelong student of music, he began studying drums and percussion at age five, and piano at age seven.  Having earned the Arnold K. Williams Memorial Scholarship, which is given to graduating high school seniors who will be majoring in music in college, Evans completed his B.S. in Music Performance at Hampton University.   Evans was later offered a graduate assistantship at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in 2001, which he took advantage of.   Marcus performed with many notable Jazz artists while a student at NIU, including David Sanchez, Frank Wess, Randy Brecker, Hammiet Bluett, Rufus Reid, Tom Garling, and Claudio Roditi.

 In the last several years, Marcus Evans has contributed greatly to the Chicago jazz scene. Evans worked regularly with saxophonist Greg Ward's Wednesday night jam session at Fred Anderson's legendary Velvet Lounge.  By 2005, he was recognized by the Jazz Institute of Chicago as one of the city's 'young lions,' and was accepted into the 'Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead' program for young Jazz artists/composers, which took place at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  Marcus has performed with Chicago legends Von Freeman, Fred Anderson and many other of the city's notable musicians.  He has also traveled extensively with experimental hip hop producer 'Prefuse 73,' rising stars 'Hypnotic Brass Ensemble,' and 'Chicago Afrobeat Project.'  Marcus has been a member of Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble since 2005, where he displays some of his finest improvising abilities.  There is no doubt that the future holds great things for this amazing performer. He currently leads the M.E.Tet.

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