Marlin McKay Quartet

Marlin McKay Quartet


The Marlin McKay Quartet is a group that is primarily rooted in the 60's Blue Note concept and sound, "Modern but Bluesy", however the material played by the quartet is completely original; from the pen of Marlin McKay himself.


You can hear in his writing influences of Wayne Shorter, Tom Harrell, and Kenny Dorham, to name a few. Other artists that Marlin's "group sound" has been compared to are the Marcus Strickland Quartet, Joshua Redman, and Roy Hargrove. Marlin received an honorable mention for his composition Deep in the Comos in the 2005 ASCAP Young Composers Jazz Competition.

This Hard Bop Flugelhornist credits himself as being heavily influenced by the playing of Tom Harrell, Art Farmer, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, and Wynton Marsalis, although there are countless others. Marlin is a two-time receipient of the Outstanding Jazz Trumpet Soloist Award at the University of Northern Colorado-Greeley Jazz Fest. McKay was recently selected as a member of the 2006 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program in Washington D. C., and is scheduled to perform four concerts on the Millenium stage of the Kennedy Center.

Drummer- Mikel Avery, a Milwaukee native who has studied with, Joe Lovano drummer, Otis Brown III, is a prolific musician that associates his drumming primarily with that of, Brian Blade, E.J. Strickland,Willie Jones III, Eric Harland, and the late great Elvin Jones. He divides his time between intense study of jazz, and his second love, writing dance shows and working with local dance companies.

Bassist- Karl McComas- Reichl This young bass prodigy spent the last year absorbing everything from Classical to Latin music at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. He is currently attending the world famous New York jazz institute, New School, and denotes that his two major influences on bass jsut so happen to be Ray Brown and Christian McBride.

The Marlin McKay Quartet uses either Pianist- Eric Cline or Guitarist- Kelvin Kaspar

Pianist / Fender Rhodes- Eric Cline, also a native of Milwaukee, is a graduate of the Lawrence Music Conservatory, and has been accepted into the piano performance program at Stony Brook Music Conservatory in Long Island NY. His influences range from Bach to also wisconsin native, Geoff Keezer, who is also a well noted classical pianist as well as jazz.


Deep in the Cosmos

Set List


SET #1


Deep in the Cosmos
Sao Paolo
the Look