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Marko Marcinko

John Hart
June 24, 2024
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Clarence Spady & The Electric City Band
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John Hart
June 24, 2024
Marko Marcinko – percussion, keyboards, vocals
Artistic Director, Scranton Jazz Festival
www.markomarcinko.com

Beginning his professional musical career at 14, a musical family inspired Marko. He performed at weddings, country clubs, and resorts in the Poconos, throughout his teens. He studied jazz and classical piano as well as music theory at Marywood University and later classical/ethnic percussion, drums, piano and arranging/composing while attending the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Music in music performance and during his time at university toured and performed with the university’s top concert jazz ensemble.

Performing as a drummer or pianist alongside such notables as Jon Secada, Juan Gabriel, Melba Moore, John Legend, Clay Aiken, Connie Francis, Constantine Marulous and Little Anthony & The Imperials. Comedians: Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, and Don Rickles. He’s performed with jazz legends; Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Al Grey, Rob McConnell Johnny Coles, Bob Dorough, Mark Murphy, Bucky Pizzarelli, Urbie Green, Tierney Sutton, Bill Crow, Michael Brecker, Ross Tompkins, Mulgrew Miller, John Hicks, Benny Golson, Mike Stern, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Samuels, Randy Brecker and Will Lee. He spent three years playing drums throughout the world touring and recording with jazz legend Maynard Ferguson. The ten-piece ‘Big Bop Nouveau Band’ also brought the opportunity to compose and arrange for the group. For over 17 years he toured and recorded with NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman. Marko has played with hundreds of musicians, adapting to their style while holding true to his unique and precise delivery in every beat. He is recognized by drum endorsing companies (Zildjian Cymbals, Yamaha Drums, Vic Firth, Aquarian Heads and Dynamic Percussion as well as Longo Snare Drums. He has been featured in magazines, newspapers and trade publications such as Modern Drummer, Talking Drums, Jazz Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice, The L.A. Times, All About Jazz and LA Scene magazine.

Marko’s experiences through his years on the road brought exposure to life inside the music business. His numerous recordings, compositions and compilations, bands, teaching experiences, musicians he’s known and played with, and life as a professional musician, have forged his path for the Scranton Jazz Festival. For nineteen years, serving as artistic director and a founder, Marko has helped bring the best jazz/blues & world beat musicians to the City of Scranton for a music-filled weekend. Integrating the PA Jazz Institute and students of its camp ensures the Marcinko Jazz Legacy will not only shine on but will continue for future generations and years to come. His dedication to his art, his passion for music, and his love of people have propelled him to an amazing height in today’s jazz world.

“Marko Marcinko’s drumming poses an unorthodox opening to ensemble and improvisation inside of 90 seconds, and we know we are in for a swinging ride.”
Jazz Improv Magazine – Vol. 5, Number 1