One of the premiere saxophonists in the world, Marcus Anderson is not only a sought after solo artist, with ten albums to date, who performs to audiences all over the world, and who accompanies other great artists such as CeeLo Green and Judith Hill, but he is also known as being a featured saxophonist with the late Prince’s New Power Generation. In addition to being a sax maestro, Marcus plays the flute, sings, writes, dances, produces and arranges music; his talent is undeniable to most audiences and to his peers. As if that wasn’t enough, his accomplishments include ranking #1 on Billboard Smooth Jazz and SirusXM Radio Watercolors.
Marcus recently became a key contributor to CeeLo Green’s tour band, traveling internationally with the Love Train Tour. Marcus is no stranger to notoriety touring often with his own band both as a recording artist and performer. Marcus’ ten albums to date include his five produced in the past two years. The “Marcus Anderson Xperience...M.A.X. Live in Concert” is a limited edition CD celebrating Marcus's tenth anniversary performing and recording as a solo act. The CD, AND CoffeeTM, is an ode to and for coffee lovers, celebrating the launch of Marcus’s recent coffee brand of the same name (www.ANDproducts.net). The single, “A Cup of Joe,” received the highest honors as #1 on Billboard Smooth Jazz and #1 on SirusXM Radio Watercolors. Recently, Marcus released, “My Inspiration” and “My Inspiration Live”, his first solo inspirational CDs. This March 2017, Marcus released, Limited Edition which peaked on Billboard Jazz at #10 and the single release, “Will Power” debuted at #19 on Billboard Smooth Jazz.
Marcus has played with several headliners during guest appearances on well-noted shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Arsenio Hall Show, Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show. He is a veteran and audience favorite at such notable festivals as the Essence Music Festival, Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, and more.
Marcus has a strong international presence and his recent Japan tour with the NPG tribute to Prince at BillBoard Live Tokyo and the 2015 MAX Tour - London performances were received to rave reviews. The package Marcus brings on stage, with his showmanship and sheer jubilance, electrifies audiences everywhere. In a note, Marcus has taken his traditional smooth jazz roots and infused his music with R&B, Pop, Rock, Latin and funky grooves.
Marcus studied with Branford Marsalis, Dr. Ira Wiggins and Gospel saxophonist Donald Hayes for several years. He achieved many accolades along the way, including a North Carolina Gospel Announcers’ Prestige Award for Gospel Jazz Artist of the Year, thus displaying his musical diversity. He has performed for President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Jesse Jackson, amongst other dignitaries. He has also toured with Judith Hill, Sheila E, Liv Warfield and Anthony Hamilton.
As a solo artist, Marcus has been honored to open for and join on stage artists such as Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Brian Culbertson, Esperanza Spaulding, Peter White, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, George Duke, Wynton Marsalis, Alex Bugnon, Nnenna Freelon, Jeff Lorber, Bob Baldwin, Jennifer Holiday and The Sax Pack.