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Wyatt, Marcus (South Africa)  
Marcus Wyatt - (c) Steve Gordon

MARCUS Wyatt was born in 1971, and grew up in Port Elizabeth.His father was chairman of the local folk club, and Marcus was thus exposed to music from a young age (mostly folk and blues). He was first introduced to the trumpet at age eleven, and started playing in his school band where he received a solid grounding in leading and playing.

In the years following, Marcus studied classical music and played with orchestras in and around PE, until he was called up to the SA Naval Band for national service.

It was in this time that Marcus developed a love for jazz, and decided to further his studies at UCT College of music. He completed his degree, majoring in composition and arrangement, and won various competitions. Amongst those was the Adcock Ingram Jazz Soloist 1995, and runner-up in the SAMRO Overseas Bursary Competition 1996.

In this period Marcus was involved in numerous projects and bands; Majita, Kusasa (winner 1996 SAMIX Best Unsigned Band), The Truly Fully Hey Shoo Wow Band (SAMA nominees), Blues Broers, Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, Morris Goldberg, No ID(Live techno / house), Gerry Bosman Orchestra, Marcus Wyatt Quartet.

Since leaving UCT, Marcus has recorded with top names - Winston Mankunku, Tina Schouw & Jack von Poll, Truly Fully Hey Shoo Wow Band, Nine, Birdtribe,
Genre: jazz, African Jazz, fusion
Vusi Mahlasela, Jimmy Dludlu, Paul Hamner, Loading Zone, Sibongile Khumalo and Voice. He has played at every major festival in South Africa, as well as the North Sea Jazz Festival (both abroad and at home). In the last few years, Marcus has performed with Jimmy Dludlu, Iconoclast(Victor Ntoni, Khaya Mahlangu, Hilton Schilder), Vusi Khumalo, Winston Mankunku, Robbie Jansen, Courtney Pine, Andy Sheppard, Dave O'Higgins & Interzone, Jennifer Jones, Walter Bishop Jnr (Charlie Parker's last resident pianist), Johnny Fourie, Dave Young and Rene Lee (Canadian jazz Giants),Bheki Mseleku, James Morrison, Abdullah Ibrahim, Carlo Mombelli, Barney Rachabane, Feya Faku, Voice, Manu Dibango and as a featured guest artist with Sibongile Khumalo.

"Gathering", his debut album features some of South Africa's finest jazz musicians; Andile Yenana, Herbie Tsoaeli, Lulu Gontsana, Sidney Mnisi(Voice),Carlo Mombelli, Gaston Goliath, Buddy Wells, John Davies, Yelena Revishin, Johnny Fourie and Afrika Mkhize.

Marcus Wyatt follows in the footsteps of many great horn players, “Gathering" is only the first step in the creation of this legacy.

“For one, he [Marcus] really has mastered his instrument, learnt to read practically anything you put in front of him, swings like the masters and can blow over the most complicated set of changes. But the real reaso, When Marcus plays that horn, listen to the tone, that big warm tone. The voice, the breath and the wind, the humour, the crying, the singing, the in your face attitude or the be like a child. Marcus moves me and touches my soul."- Carlo Mombelli (Prisoners of Strange)

Contact Details:

visit Marcus' website (launching May/June 2006)
the site includes a comprehensive discography.
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