Host, Laura Theodore, the Jazzy Vegetarian, chats with super star bassist, Marcus McLaurine, who is a composer, leader and sideman. We’ll chat aobut great jazz and great vegetarian recipes! What could be better I say! Marcus McLaurine, has become one of the most sought-after artists in jazz, sharing bandstands with Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Lou Donaldson, Dame Cleo Laine, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Abbey Lincoln, and the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones. For the past twenty-five years, Marcus has toured with legendary trumpeter Clark Terry. In 1981 Clark Terry called looking for a bass player. One evening at home, the phone rang. Marcus picked it up and the voice on the other end said, “This is Clark Terry.” Marcus immediately thought someone was playing a joke on him. Terry said he needed Marcus to play two gigs – a week at the Blue Note and a week in Canada. Still thinking it was some kind of hoax, Marcus agreed to meet at the Blue Note, and sure enough, it was indeed Clark Terry. With no rehearsal, Marcus played his first set with Terry. Marcus has been with the band ever since. Now, in addition to his work as a leader and first-call sideman, Marcus is focusing on his burgeoning career as a composer, writing both jazz and contemporary pieces. Marcus lives in New York with his wife and two children.
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