The 16-piece Buddy Rich Alumni Band, led by drummer Steve Smith, will play at a free memorial service for jazz saxophonist Steve Marcus from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, February 12, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church on 54th Street and Lexington Ave. in New York City.
Also performing will be Buddy's Buddies, featuring saxophonist Andy Fusco. Speakers at the event, which is open to the public, will include Marcus' nephew, Steve; former band mates Andy Fusco and drummer Steve Smith; and Buddy Rich's daughter, Cathy Rich.
Marcus, who died last September 25, was a pioneer in jazz-rock fusion. Throughout his 40-year plus career he played with jazz greats such as Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Herbie Mann and Larry Coryell. He also started his own group, Count's Rock Band, and was a featured player with Buddy Rich for 10 years.
More information is available by calling St. Peter's at 212/935-2200 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Steve Marcus
Jazz musician Steve Marcus was born September 18, 1939, in New York City. He studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1959-61) before joining Stan Kenton's Orchestra in 1963.
From 1967-70, he played with the Herbie Mann Group as well as for diverse bands including those of Woody Herman and the Jazz Composers Orchestra. During the mid-'60s into the early '70s, Marcus was a pioneer in jazz-rock fusion with his own group, Count's Rock Band, with Larry Coryell, Mike Nock, and Bob Moses. In the early '70s Marcus toured and recorded as a member of Larry Coryell's group.
From 1973-75 Count's Rock Band included Steve Khan, Steve Gadd, Will Lee, and Don Grolnick. He joined Buddy Rich in 1975, and played with him regularly over the next 10 years. His tenor and soprano playing blended blues and R&B stylings with the influence of John Coltrane.
At the time of his death Marcus was active with Steve Smith & Buddy's Buddies, a Buddy Rich alumni band, as well as Count's Jam Band which featured Larry Coryell, Kai Eckhardt and Steve Smith.
Contact Andy Fusco at (917) 576-9800 for more details.