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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.


Saturday, March 5th
9pm until midnight

Cafe Bordelaise, Den Haag, Holland

John Marshall Quintet

Sunday, March 6th
4pm - 6pm

Pavlov, Den Haag, Holland

John Marshall Quintet

Tuesday, March 8th
8pm - 11pm

Altes Pfandhaus, Cologne, Germany

Cologne International Quintet, with Johan Hörlen (alto saxophone), Martin Sasse (piano), John Goldsby (bass) and Hans Dekker (drums)

John's appearances with the WDR Big Band are not listed here. Please go to the WDR Big Band website.




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Review of John Marshall Quintet at Small's Jazz Club in NYC, August 7, 2010

/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.


Review of "Waltz For Worms", All About Jazz - New York, August 2010

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.


Review of "Marshall Arts", Blue Jack CD 47, recorded on Oct 30 & 31, Nov 1, 2006 in Osnabruck, Germany

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.



Review of the John Marshall/Ferdinand Povel Quintet in Jazzclub Hannover, 06.04.2009:

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

Review of the John Marshall NY All-Star Quintet featuring Grant Stewart at der Schmiede, Düsseldorf, 17.10.2009:

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

Review of the John Marshall/Ferdinand Povel Quintet at the Jazzclub Minden, 30.01.2010:

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

Review of “Live At Le Pirate”, Organic Music CD 9750 - The John Marshall NY All-Star Quintet featuring Grant Stewart, recorded live in Rosenheim, Germany on April 11-12. 2007:

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

Review of the John Marshall-Ferdinand Povel Quintet at the Jazz Schmiede in Düsseldorf, March 28, 2008:

“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

Review of “Live At Le Pirate”, Organic Music CD 9750 - The John Marshall NY All-Star Quintet featuring Grant Stewart, recorded live in Rosenheim, Germany on April 11-12. 2007:

“‘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

Review of “Live At Le Pirate”, Organic Music CD 9750 - The John Marshall NY All-Star Quintet featuring Grant Stewart, recorded live in Rosenheim, Germany on April 11-12. 2007:

“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

Review of the John Marshall NY Quintet, featuring Grant Stewart, playing at Small′s Jazz Club in New York City on December 28-29,2007:

“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




John Marshall Sings And Plays

“Little Girl” [mp3]

with the Concertgebouw Jazz Orchestra
live at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, 03.02.2008

“I Was A Little Too Lonely” [mp3]

with the John Marshall NY All-Star Quintet
live at the Schmiede in Düsseldorf, 17.10.2009

Tail Wind

  1. The Fruit
  2. Tail Wind [mp3]
  3. It Might As Well Be Spring
  4. Monk's Mood
  5. Thelonious
  6. Strange Feelin'
  7. Move
  8. More Than You Know
  9. Please

Marshall Plays Hazeltine

  1. Blues-Like (David Hazeltine) [mp3]
  2. Little Angel (David Hazeltine)
  3. I Should Care (Stordal/Weston/Cahn)
  4. Reflections (Thelonious Monk)
  5. What Kind Of Fool Am I? (Anthony Newley)
  6. I Know That You Know ((Vincent Youmans)
  7. Shakey Jake (Eddie Harris)

Waltz For Worms

  1. The Highest Mountain (Clifford Jordan) [mp3]
  2. Malice Toward None (Tom McIntosh)
  3. Bearcat (Clifford Jordan)
  4. Bro' Slim (Jimmy Heath)
  5. Waltz For Worms (John Marshall)
  6. Bye-Ya (Thelonious Monk)
  7. Depp In A Dream (James Van Heusen/ Eddie DeLange)
  8. Out Of The Blue (Sonny Rollins)
  9. I Was A Little To Lonely (Jay Livingston/ Raymond Evans)
  10. Conception (George Shearing)

Marshall Arts

  1. Marshall Arts (Rob van Bavel)
  2. Another 17 (Rob van Bavel)
  3. So Sorry, Please (Bud Powel)
  4. Salt Peanuts (Dizzy Gillespie)
  5. Vivacious Vivian (John Marshall) [mp3]
  6. Benny's Pennies (Rob van Bavel)
  7. Capers (Tom McIntosh)
  8. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harold Arlen)
  9. Gallop's Gallop (Thelonious Monk)
  10. The Eternal Triangle (Sonny Stitt)

Live At "Le Pirate"

  1. Fahrvergnügen (John Marshall) [mp3]
  2. Down Through The Years (Clifford Jordan)
  3. Head And Shoulders (Cedar Walton)
  4. Poor Butterfly (Raimond Hubbel)
  5. Cup Bearers (Tom McIntosh)
  6. Con Alma (Dizzy Gillespie)
  7. Evidence (Thelonious Monk)
  8. Embraceable You (George Gershwin)

Almost Blue

  1. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (Richard Rogers/ Lorenz Hart)
  2. I'm Old Fashioned (Jerome Kern/Johnny Mercer)
  3. Mamacita (Joe Henderson) [mp3]
  4. Almost Blue (Elvis Costello)
  5. Bitter Sweet (Sam Jones)
  6. Russian Lullaby (Irving Berlin)
  7. My Old Flame (Sam Coslow)
  8. Speak Low (Kurt Weill/ Nash)
  9. Tin Tin Deo (Dizzy Gillespie)
  10. Raincheck (Billy Strayhorn)


  1. Junka (Sonny Clark)
  2. Max Is Makin' Wax (Oscar Pettiford)
  3. Pristine (John Coltrane) [mp3]
  4. Ugly Beauty (Thelonious Monk)
  5. New Girl (Duke Pearson)
  6. Nascimento (Barry Harris)
  7. Night Creepers (John Marshall)
  8. Why Was I Born (Jerome Kern)
  9. Frisky (John Marshall)
  10. Oblivion (Bud Powell)

Why Shouldn't I

  1. So Nice (Erik Doleman)
  2. Why Shouldn't I
  3. Dream Dancing
  4. In The Still Of The Night
  5. Hot House (Tadd Dameron)
  6. Love For Sale
  7. Every Time We Say Goodbye
  8. You Do Something To Me
  9. It's De-Lovely

Blue Lights

  1. Stupendous-Lee
  2. Social Call
  3. Nica's Tempo
  4. Sans Souci
  5. Evening in Casablanca
  6. Salute To Birdland
  7. Blue Lights
  8. Reminiscing
  9. Minority

For all we know

  1. Frisky (John Marshall)
  2. Bernie's tune (Bernie Miller/ Mike Stoller/ Jerry Leiber)
  3. Quasimodo (Charlie Parker)
  4. Joop's Lope (Hod O'Brien)
  5. Forecast (Duke Jordan)
  6. Zanzibar (Dave Frishberg)
  7. Milestones (Miles Davis)
  8. Donna Lee (Charlie Parker)
  9. For all we know (Fred Coots/ Sam Lewis)

Theme Of No Repeat

  1. With A Song In My Heart [mp3]
  2. Doggie Boy
  3. Ballad For Very Sad And Very Tired Lotuseaters
  4. Theme Of No Repeat
  5. Una Mas
  6. That's Earl Brother
  7. Philly J.J.
  8. The Scene Is Clean
  9. So In Love
  10. I Can Dream, Can't I?
  11. Sweet And Lovely

Dreamin' On The Hudson

  1. Better To Know (John Marshall) [mp3]
  2. Whatever Possessed Me (Tadd Dameron)
  3. La Villa (Kenny Dorham)
  4. Dream For Claudine (John Marshall)
  5. I'm A Dreamer (Aren't We All?) (B.G. DeSilva/ Lew Brown)
  6. Dreamin' On The Hudson (John Marshall)
  7. Little Girl (Madeline Hyde)
  8. Poor Butterfly (Raymond Hubbel)
  9. From This Moment On (Cole Porter)

Keep on keepin' on

  1. YOU [mp3]
  2. Waltz for Birks
  3. Nobody else but me
  4. All through the night
  5. The thrill is gone
  6. Keep on keepin' on
  7. That old devil called love
  8. Houston St. beat
  9. Off Minor
  10. Theme of Kareem


  1. Kiss & Tell (John Marshall)
  2. Samba Claudine (John Marshall)
  3. Gone Job (John Marshall)
  4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Kern, Harbach)
  5. Wailing Wall (Fats Navarro)
  6. Is That So (Duke Pearson)
  7. Just One Of Those Things (Cole Porter)
  8. Sippin At Bells (Charlie Parker)
  9. So Young (John Webber)
  10. Beans & The Boys (Coleman Hawkins)
  11. 11th & First (John Marshall)