Sidewalk Serenades: Todd Marcus Trio

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Sidewalk Serenades: Todd Marcus Trio

Close (But Not Too Close) Personal Concerts

SUN MAY 24 | 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM, & 5PM

Sunday May 24th | $100







Todd Marcus’ straight-ahead playing on the bass clarinet has carved out a unique voice for the instrument in modern jazz. His music swings hard with both a fiery and introspective intensity but also maintains a strong lyrical sensibility. He, along with drummer Eric Kennedy and bassist Jeff Reed are three of the brightest and exciting players in the Baltimore jazz scene. The New York Times said of Todd Marcus, “Mr. Marcus is probably the most inventive bass clarinetist working in straight-ahead jazz today… [and] lives in Baltimore, where he is a guiding light on the city’s jazz scene…” Let Todd and his trio shine some of that light on you in this fraught moment. In the time of Covid-19, we shouldn’t forget the power of live music. 


ONLY 6 CONCERT SPOTS! Secure a personal concert while you can!



About Sidewalk Serenades:

Creative Alliance believes that a Baltimore without live performances is a Baltimore without joy – and we won’t stand for that!


As you likely know, working musicians, dancers, magicians, burlesque performers, aerialists, and other performance-based artists have had their gigs and their livelihoods cancelled for the foreseeable future. Join Creative Alliance in creating performance opportunities for these artists throughout Baltimore while simultaneously respecting the need for everyone to keep a safe distance.


Creative Alliance is once again offering you the opportunity to have a short performance of two to three songs delivered to the front of your home (or a friend/loved one’s home) for a small fee.


Performers will come to the confirmed address, text the residence upon arrival and, like a burst of sunlight through these gray skies, share their talents from the sidewalk. The donations from each of these performance events will be shared between the artist and Creative Alliance to help keep the arts alive and thriving in Baltimore!


The Basics:

  • Performers will come to the front of your (or loved ones) home and will perform for 10-15 minutes.
  • Concerts will be scheduled on the hour, and you can purchase them on the Creative Alliance website.
  • Ticket sales end when all slots are booked OR 8am day of the concerts.
  • If there is poor weather, concerts will be rescheduled to the next nice day, if possible


What if I want to purchase a concert for someone else??? 

  • Just leave the name, address, and cell number of the person the concert is for in the COMMENTS Section when you check out online.


What if I live in an apartment?

  • Performers will not enter an apartment or shared home but can perform in front of the complex on on the side of a building if your serenade is with louder musicians.


What if I would like a performance but just can't afford it at this time?

  • While there is a fee per concert, there are opportunities for those without the means to still have some music in their lives. Musicians have been asking to do additional performance for the community for free in such a case. If you are in need, know someone in need, or work at an organization of essential workers (a hospital, perhaps) and have a safe space for a performance to occur, reach out to to coordinate. 




About Todd Marcus:

Todd Marcus has annually been voted a Rising Star in Downbeat magazine’s Annual Critics Poll since 2013 in the “clarinet” and “miscellaneous instrument” categories. The Washington Post writes, “Listeners won’t have any trouble recognizing Marcus’s compelling gifts for composing and arranging.” JazzTimes magazine adds, “In Marcus’ hands, the bass clarinet is no longer a specialty instrument. Its unique timbral richness becomes incisive, fully capable of forceful expression.”


Self-taught in jazz theory and composition, Marcus draws largely on straight-ahead jazz and classical influences in his compositions, but over recent years has also increasingly explored the Middle-Eastern sounds from his Egyptian-American heritage. He has worked with other jazz artists such as Gary Bartz, Bennie Maupin, Don Byron, Larry Willis, Odean Pope, Gary Thomas, Joel Frahm, Tim Warfield, Ralph Peterson, Warren Wolf, Sean Jones, Xavier Davis, George Colligan, and Orrin Evans.


Marcus’ performances include national and international touring. He was a featured artist in 2017 Jazz Tales Festival in Egypt, the 2015 Cairo Jazz Festival in Egypt, and in 2005 at the 1st World Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam, Holland.


Marcus balances his music career by running Intersection of Change, a nonprofit addressing poverty related issues in his Baltimore neighborhood. The organization runs a community arts program for children and adults, a recovery program for women overcoming drug addiction, an urban farm, and has achieved significant community revitalization by renovating abandoned building and vacant lots.


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