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John Marshall was born in Wantagh, NY in 1952. From 1971 to 1991, he worked and recorded with a long list of jazz greats. Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis, Lionel Hampton, Gerry Mulligan, Ornette Coleman, George Coleman, Buck Clayton, Mario Bauza and Dizzy Gillespie, to name only a few. Along the way, he constantly worked at perfecting his craft, studying with the great brass teacher Carmine Caruso as well as jazz trumpeter Lonnie Hillyer. He also led the Jazz quintet “The Bopera House” from 1987 to 1991, and stayed very busy as an in-demand studio player.
In 1992 the West German Radio-Television (WDR) Big Band in Cologne, Germany, made him an offer he couldn’t refuse and he moved his base of operations there, assuming the position of their principal jazz trumpet soloist. However, despite his busy schedule there, he still finds time to return to NY at least twice a year to perform and record.
Since 1996, John has released eight CDs as a leader or co-leader and several more as a specially featured guest. Meanwhile, his reputation has continued to grow through the many concerts and CDs of the WDR Big Band.
John's appearances with the WDR Big Band are not listed here. Please go to the WDR Big Band website.
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/Ira Gitler's Apple chorus column in Jazz Inside_magazine, September 2010
After a sojourn in France I returned to NYC just in time to catch one of my favorite groups, the John Marshall Quintet, one one of the two annual trips the trumpeter/leader takes to New York from Germany and his regular seat in the WDR Big Band.
This disc is a knock-out – an old-fashioned (in the very best possible sense) jazz quintet album with hip tunes, smart playing and the kind of brevity and sense of swing always delightful to hear. Marshall was a fixture in New York, playing with Buddy Rich, Gerry Mulligan, Lionel Hampton and Mel Lewis (and that’s just a few!) and his musicianship has always been impeccable: a beautiful boppish sound on trumpet and a way of playing the right stuff for every occasion. Since 1992, he’s been the principal trumpet soloist with the WDR Big Band of Cologne.
Although none of these musicians is a household name, they are all excellent veteran players. Their relative obscurity is due in large part to location. The two Americans, trumpeter Marshall and bassist Goldsby, have spent almost all of the last two decades in Germany as members of Cologne’s stellar WDR big band.
Quintet Of The Sly Old Foxes
At the end of the evening, one heard it again and again, "Man, was that good!"......Very seldom have the concert-goers been in such complete agreement..... The audience was thrilled by the crackling, nimble playing of five musicians, communicating so completely with another.
/Bernd Schwope, 08.04.2009, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung
The Finest NY Jazz
That good old stuff is still around! The word had spread, that the performance in the Schmiede was to be the finale and high-point of their tour. What followed was a masterful exposition of modern jazz.
Barbara Steingiesser, Rheinischer Post, 19.10.2009
Masterfully Delivered Classics-John Marshall And Ferdinand Povel Let The Sparks Fly
Both of these first-class instrumentalists spun out their improvisations with impressive technique., sometimes together, sometimes alternating with each other.....Altogether. a concert at the very highest level, played by musicians perfectly complementing each other.
Kirstin Rickert, 02.02.2010, Mindener Tageblatt
A thoughtful, insightful player, Marshall has impressive technique and also offers sensitivity and feeling. On "Live At Le Pirate", recorded in Germany in April 2007. he proves his prowess on trumpet and flugelhorn, producing amazing extended phrases without a breath. His precise playing, consistently displaying a smooth, clean tone, sounds effortless.
/Laurel Gross, All About Jazz NY, January 2009
“Just as expected, we heard an evening of music that very convincingly carried on the bebop flame.”
“Ferdinand Povel showed us once again, with his masterful rendition of “Ghost Of A Chance”, that he still one of the very top tenor men anywhere.”
/Rüdiger Böttger, Jazz Podium (Germany) May 2008
“‘John Marshall Quintet Live At Le Pirate’ finds a beautifully-balanced mainstream quintet having fun at the gig. When I first heard John Marshall. at ‘The Garage’ in downtown New York City, he had his own style perfectly in place: boppish fluidity and harmonic sophistication with a decidedly old-school devotion to swinging melody, as if Clifford Brown and Buck Clayton had joined forces. Marshall has a lovely tone, his phrases seem fresh”
/Michael Steinman, Cadence, USA, Okt-Nov-Dec 2008
“The live recording offers us a typically first-class John Marshall performance that strongly conveys the great interaction between the musicians, and the sheer fun of playing together”
/Rüdiger Böttger, Jazz Podium (Germany) May 2008
“I could single out any number of fine solo performances, but it was the band′s consistent radiation of the joy of playing that kept me in rapt attention for two sets”
/Ira Gitler, Jazz Improv NY Magazine, February 2008
with the Concertgebouw Jazz Orchestra
live at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, 03.02.2008
with the John Marshall NY All-Star Quintet
live at the Schmiede in Düsseldorf, 17.10.2009