Pianist, keyboardist, and composer Marc Cary’s latest Motema Music release, “Live 2009,” features the unit playing some of the most innovative music on the planet. Cary fuses both straight-ahead jazz with forms of fusion jazz and world music. He’s been hailed as a “baby-Herbie” and rightfully so. Of all the jazz pianists on the scene, Marc isn’t afraid to venture in the unknown as a musician as well as composer. The Marc Cary Focus Trio have been together for close to ten years and consists of Burniss Travis on bass and Sameer Gupta on drums.

The Washington, DC native is no stranger in the record business. He’s played and backed some of the legendary Soul, Jazz, and Hip-Hop artists for 25 years. Artists as diverse as Abbey Lincoln, Wynton Marsalis, Ani DiFranco, Jackie McClean, Erykah Badu, Betty Carter, Arthur Taylor, Larry Willis, Shirley Horn, Dizzy Gillespie, and Meshell Ndegeocello.

The four-time Grammy-Award Nominee was recently nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album as a participant for vibraphonist Stefon Harris’s Blackout project from last year. Also, his work with Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest) on his “The Renaissance” CD got a nomination for Best Rap Album of last year.

Look for Marc and the Focus Trio on the road this fall and for a upcoming project to be released early next year. For more information visit him on the web at marccary.com.

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