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As a piano player, Marcus has been a steady, vital presence in New York City’s uptown jam-session scene. As house pianist with the Sugar Hill Jazz Quartet led by Patience Higgins, he appears every Monday night at the historic Lenox Lounge in Harlem.

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As a piano player, Marcus has been a steady, vital presence in New York City’s uptown jam-session scene. As house pianist with the Sugar Hill Jazz Quartet led, by Patience Higgins, he appeared every Monday night at the historic Lenox Lounge in Harlem. Marcus was the pianist for the house band in the newly renovated Minton’s Playhouse, playing alongside James Carter and Andy McCloud. In his years of steady uptown jamming, Marcus has played with Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, Lewis Nash, and many others.

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Marcus Persiani – stalwart of the Harlem jazz scene on keys. – Picture of Big Apple Jazz Tours, New York City

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As a pianist and composer Marcus Persiani earned an international reputation touring and recording with Cuban band leader and composer Mario Bauzá, Dizzy Gillespie, Andy and Jerry González, vocalist Vanessa Rubin and bassist Cecil McBee. Those in Harlem may know Persiani as a longtime member of the Sugar Hill Quartet (led by Patience Higgins) that served as the blazing house band at St. Nick’s Pub during those legendary Monday night jam sessions. The band also enjoyed a long stand at Smoke Jazz and Supper Club’s Friday night jam sessions.

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Marcus Persiani at The Chicago Fest – (C) 1980s

 

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Marcus Persiani with Roberta Donnay and the Prohibition Mob Band

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