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Curated by Stanley Clarke

January 25, 2025 at 7:30PM

This performance is 90 minutes with one intermission.

Continuing the Future Sounds of Jazz series curated by Stanley Clarke, BroadStage presents Marlon Martinez and Marlonius Jazz Orchestra, featuring Olivia Kuper Harris!

Experience the fusion of 20th-century big band tradition with 21st-century culture, as Marlonius Jazz Orchestra takes the stage! Since its inception in 2016, Marlonius Jazz Orchestra has wowed audiences across Greater Los Angeles – and after making its BroadStage debut as an opening act for Stanley Clarke and Hiromi in the 2023/24 Season, the band solidified its position as an emerging force in the LA jazz scene. Led by virtuoso bassist Marlon Martinez, the orchestra delivers a captivating blend of new compositions by Martinez, and the music of jazz legend Billy Strayhorn. Marlonius Jazz Orchestra is dedicated to revitalizing Strayhorn classics made known by Duke Ellington, as well as newly discovered and forgotten gems in the Strayhorn catalog. Marlonius Jazz Orchestra proudly showcases the talents of millennial artists shaping today’s music landscape. Versatile singer, songwriter and actress Olivia Kuper Harris joins the orchestra in action with her soulful voice and dynamic presence on an exciting program!

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"Marlon’s sense of composition, increasing awareness about ensemble sound and feel as a player are in part what he brings to the group setting. He is also developing into an inventive soloist."

- Patrice Rushen

Hailing from Los Angeles, Marlon Martinez is a young virtuoso bassist and composer emerging at the center of the resurgent Los Angeles jazz scene. He has demonstrated his virtuosity while touring with a wide range of artists, from rock icon Stewart Copeland to classical trailblazers Quatuor Ebène. Marlon is the protégé of Stanley Clarke and studied with legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter in New York City. He is the Artistic Director, composer and bassist of his big band, Marlonius Jazz Orchestra. Marlon is a winner of Colburn School’s 2020 New Venture Competition and was selected as an artist-in-residence for the inaugural Amplify Series at the Colburn School in 2022.

Marlon received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees on a full scholarship at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, as a classical bass student of Leigh Mesh and Peter Lloyd from 2009-2015. An avid orchestral musician, Marlon has performed for renowned classical conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, John Adams, and the late Sir Neville Marriner. In 2010 and 2011, Marlon was selected to join the highly acclaimed Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. During his membership, he performed under the baton of Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev and Neeme Järvi among others. He performed with international classical soloists such as Mischa Maisky, Yuja Wang, and Deborah Voigt. Marlon is a member of Wild Up, and he has performed with the San Diego Symphony, the Martha Graham Dance Academy, Ojai Festival Orchestra, Southeast Symphony and the New West Symphony. 

As a jazz performer, Marlon played with the late Ellis Marsalis at Snug Harbor in 2017. In 2019 he played with Ravi Coltrane and Gerry Gibbs for the album release of Thrasher People: Our People, and with Nicholas Payton and the Kojo Odu Roney Experience at Blue Note New York. Marlon performs in jazz ensembles with David Bowie veteran Mike Garson, and was a featured soloist at the world premiere of Garson's Symphonic Suite for Healing in 2013. As a faculty member at the Centrum 2023 jazz workshop in Port Townsend, Marlon performed with John Clayton, Terell Stafford, Tia Fuller, Jeff Hamilton, Rene Marie and Wycliffe Gordon among others. As a studio musician in Los Angeles, Marlon has recorded for artists such as Seth MacFarlane, Michael Giacchino, Justin Hurwitz, and Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox. Notable tour appearances include the 2015 21C Music Festival with Stewart Copeland and Jon Kimura Parker in Off The Score, the 2016 Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Academy with Quatuor Ebène and Stacey Kent, the premiere of his composition Jazz Impressions for String Orchestra, No. 1 at the 2016 Festival du Haut Limousin, and Don't Box Me In: An Intimate Evening with Stewart Copeland at Long Beach Opera in 2018. 

Marlon is an authority and educator on the jazz composer Billy Strayhorn. Dedicated to celebrating Strayhorn’s legacy, Marlon created Ever Up And Onward: A Tribute To Billy Strayhorn in 2022, an eight episode video series presented by Colburn School that explores his life and music. As an Amplify Series artist-in-residence at Colburn School, Marlon recorded and revived classic and newly discovered Strayhorn compositions with Marlonius Jazz Orchestra. The album, Marlonius | Strayhorn, Vol. 1 will be released in 2025 and the single "All Day Long '' is now available. Marlon was a guest speaker at the Library Of Congress for the 2023 Strayhorn: Known and Unknown discussion panel. Marlon's projects are made possible by the continuous support of Billy Strayhorn Songs, Inc. and the Billy Strayhorn Foundation. Marlon's 2017 debut album, Yours Truly, demonstrates his versatility as a bassist and composer, and highlights guest artists Stewart Copeland, Judd Miller on his fusion track “HD.” Yours Truly is available on all streaming and downloadable platforms. IG: @marloniusmusic

Marlonius Jazz Orchestra propels the 20th century big band tradition through 21st century culture. Marlonius Jazz Orchestra highlights current artists in jazz through new compositions by Artistic Director and bassist Marlon Martinez, and the music of jazz legend Billy Strayhorn. Right from its maiden voyage in 2016, Marlonius Jazz Orchestra has wowed audiences across Greater Los Angeles, featuring guest artists such as Josie James, Mike Garson, Bernard Fowler, Teryn Re, Frieda Lee and Barbara Morrison. Teaming up with Olivia Kuper Harris, the orchestra was the opening act for Stanley Clarke and Hiromi at BroadStage in the 2023/24 season.

Introducing the music of Billy Strayhorn to newer and younger audiences, Marlonius Jazz Orchestra performed a tribute to Strayhorn at Colburn School 2022. In collaboration with Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc, the orchestra recorded newly discovered compositions and revived largely forgotten gems in the Strayhorn catalog. The album, Marlonius | Strayhorn, Vol. 1 will be released in 2025, and the single "All Day Long" is now available.

Olivia Kuper Harris is a musical artist, singer, songwriter, and actress from Dallas, Texas, with influences in Jazz, R&B, and Musical Theatre. Harris has fronted 11 national and international tours with "Postmodern Jukebox”, since winning their international talent search. Harris has starred on the Las Vegas strip with Cirque Del Soleil and in multiple productions with LA based theatre company "For The Record: Live” including “Love Actually Live" at The Wallis Annenberg and on Broadway in Chicago. Harris has independently released two EP's and two Albums of original music, and debuted on the top 12 R&B/Soul Itunes charts. Harris’s music is available on all digital music platforms. Harris has shared the stage with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Earth Wind & Fire, and performs regularly around Los Angeles. Follow her career and be notified of performance announcements at Harris holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. IG: @Olivia.kuper.harris

Jazz & Blues Sponsor:

Richard and Lisa Kendall

This project was funded (in part) by a grant from Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.