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Picture “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” Musician and spoken word artist Marcus Joseph aspires to be an instrument of change. Whether playing a proud role in his local Leicester community, lending his talents to perform for George Cole – the city’s first black mayor – or paying homage to his Afro-Caribbean roots with songs charged with the righteous energy of reggae music, the spirited Alto Saxophonist possesses the gift to uplift. His debut album ‘Beyond the Dome’ (Jazz Refreshed) effortlessly blends jazz, reggae, hip hop with contemporary music and has won favour with the likes of Gilles Peterson (6 Music), Tom Robinson (6Music), Tony Minvielle (Jazz FM), DJ Lanni (Worldwide FM), opening the door to play at landmark events such as Love Supreme, Manchester Jazz Festival and We Out Here. A seasoned live performer, Marcus has been known to bring the noise as part of hip hop/rock/punk influenced jazz trio Major Ruse; has supported the likes of Oscar Jerome, Blue Lab Beats and The Blackbyrds; as well as playing alongside luminaries such as Dennis Rollins, Tony Kofi, Arun Ghosh, Dave O’Higgins, Abram Wilson, Gary Crosby and Eska. For Marcus there is clearly no terrain that cannot be conquered by the alchemy of word sound power.
"I appreciated the way you've combined the various modes of expression (voice, saxophone, composition, improvisation, message of the music) into a complete musical expression. Always good to keep our awareness on the bigger picture."- ELLeRY ESKELiN
"The energy, versatility and raw talent of Marcus Joseph's performance is a deeply inspiring and mesmeric experience. If you see his name on a flyer then you should book your ticket immediately"- John Berkavitch
"It is very rare that you meet people who are equally as professional, as they are talented. Marcus is a rare combination of them both. His talent is only matched by his work ethic and professionalism. His creativity is almost effortless, a natural musician, he brings out the best in any work that you put before him. On every project we have worked on, he has added his own sense of authenticity and originality, which takes every piece of work to another level."- Suli Breaks
"Sounded great congrats !!"- Gilles Peterson (6 Music)
"Excellent new lp from Marcus Joseph on Jazz re:freshed"-Tony Minvielle (Jazz FM)
"A great new release from the Jazz Re:Freshed label, from saxophonist MC and DJ Marcus Joseph, this one is full of energy and includes trumpet players Ife Ogunjobi and Sheila Maurice-Grey, plus Nathaniel Cross on trombone and Theon Cross on tuba."-Helen Mayhew, (True Brit and Late Night Jazz)