Composer, leader and sideman, bassist Marcus McLaurine, has become one of the most sought- after musicians 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. Marcus Mclaurine was also a stalwart member of Clark Terry's Quintet, whose band he had been with since 1981.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he studied music at the University of Nebraska then moved to Los Angeles to further his musical ambitions. In 1976 Marcus entered the Air Force as a member of the 590th Air Force band and after his four year stint in the military moved to New York City where he has lived for the past 36 years. 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.
Mr. McLaurine has been an adjunct professor at William Paterson University for the past nineteen years. There he teaches acoustic and electric bass focusing on a broad repertoire including classic standards, bebop and more progressive styles to prepare his students to be able to compete on a professional level.