Tuesday, April 13, 2010


A living legend of the San Francisco jazz scene, drummer and band leader Eddie Marshall, was born on March 13, 1938, in Springfield, Massachusetts to a musical family. He has a resume that reads like a modern jazz honor role, inclusing long-term stints (over fifty years) with Stan Getz, Bobby Hutcherson, Toshiko Akioshi and Bobby McFerrin and adittional collaborattions with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Jon Hendricks, Dexter Gordon and Eddie Harris. He is a leading figure of San Francisco's contemporary jazz sound..

A consummate sideman, Marshall was the designated house drummer at San Francisco's famed nightclub, Keystone Korner during the 1970s.

His most long-standing musical associations have been with Toshiko Akiyoshi, with whom he has played since 1958, the late Stan Getz, Bobby Hutcherson and Bobby McFerrin. He co-founded with Mike Nock the seminal jazz fusion group, "The Fourth Way".

Since 1989 Marshall has also been performing on the alto and soprano recorders, working within a large variety of ensemble arrangements on a baroque instrument rarely heard in jazz.
While playing with many of the greatest jazz musicians of his day, Eddie Marshall has also distinguished himself as a composer.
With two albums of original music to his name, his work is appreciated for both its driving intensity and joyous, melodic lyricism. Chamber Music America with support from the Doris Duke Foundation awarded Marshall two grants through their New Works and New Works Encore Program, commissioning him to compose an original piece. "Dreams That Dance- A Suite", performed by Marshall's Holy Mischief Ensemble, premiered at the San Francisco Jazz Festival in November 2004.

Marshall has maintained an active teaching schedule since 1981, in addition to his busy performance career. He has taught traps, jazz theory, composition, and small and big band arranging at The Stanford Jazz Workshop and Rhythmic Concepts Jazz Camp since 1984. Part of San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music series throughout the 1990’s, he has also taught ensemble classes at The Jazz School in Berkeley. He has led several free after-school instrument instruction programs, including guitarist Bruce Forman’s innovative JazzMasters Workshop for which he was the Bay Area director.

In 2000 the SF Jazz Festival honored Marshall with its first annual Beacon Award, celebrating his lifelong commitment to jazz music and education. From 2000 to 2003 Marshall served as the Music Chair of the San Francisco Arts Commission. Since 2007 Eddie Marshall has toured and recorded with the great vibraphonist, Bobby Hutcherson, continuing a more than 30 year collaboration, which according to Marshall, has been one of the highlights of his career.

Eddie does his "jazz thing"

Reference - Marshall's Webpage

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