Harry Appelman and Todd Marcus

Video recorded on 2/24/22

Todd Marcus – Harry Appelman Duo

Bringing an intimate interplay to jazz standards and originals, pianist Harry Appelman and bass clarinetist Todd Marcus display a strong rapport, exploring the dynamic and textural variety possible in the duo setting.  

Pianist Harry Appelman has performed on concert stages on five continents. He has been chosen three times to participate in U.S. State Department music tours overseas, and has performed in Egypt with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Todd Marcus Quartet, at the Festival Gnaouas et Musiques du Monde in Essaouira, Morocco and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Mr. Appelman was a long-time member of Afro Bop Alliance, winners of a 2008 Latin Grammy, and has contributed several arrangements to the group's recordings. 

Bass clarinetist Todd Marcus is one of the few jazz artists worldwide to focus their work primarily on the bass clarinet. Marcus has annually been voted a Rising Star in Downbeat Magazine’s Annual Critics Poll since 2013 and The New York Times writes, “Mr. Marcus is probably the most inventive bass clarinetist working in straight-ahead jazz today." Marcus’ compositions draw largely on straight-ahead jazz and classical influences but over recent years have also increasingly explored the Middle-Eastern sounds from his Egyptian-American heritage. 

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