Litchfield Jazz Festival & Jazz Camp

Teaching Artists

Marcus McLaurine

Marcus McLaurine

Marcus McLaurine


Composer, leader and sideman, bassist 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, the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones and Clark Terry, whose band he has been with since 1981.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he studied music at the University of Nebraska then moved to Los Angeles.  In 1976 Marcus entered the Air Force and later moved to New York City where he has lived 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.

McLaurine has been an adjunct professor at William Paterson University for the past seven years.  There he teaches acoustic and electric bass focusing on a broad repertoire including classic standards, bebop, Latin and more progressive styles to prepare his students to be able to compete on a professional level.  Marcus has been a resident artist at the Litchfield Jazz Camp since 2007.

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