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John Marshall was born in Wantagh, New York in 1952. The jazz trumpeter
played professionally in New York for 21 years. The list of musicians
with whom he played in that time reads like a ``Who´s Who´´ of modern
jazz:´it includes names as diverse as Benny Goodman and Ornette
Coleman. John Marshall´s career began in rhythm ´n´ blues bands, salsa
groups and the free jazz scene.
In the late seventies and early eighties came recordings and tours with
the bands of Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton and Mel Lewis. With Mels band
he was a featured soloist for many years of Monday nights at the
Village Vanguard. His engaging solo style also enlivened the bands of
Gerry Mulligan, Afro-Cuban jazz pioneer Mario Bauza, Toshiko Akiyoshi
and Buck Clayton.
In 1988 he toured the USA and Europe with Dizzy Gillespies Big Band.
During the same time he was a sought-after studio musician in New
Yorks very competitive recording scene. In the late eighties Marshall
formed the jazz quintet ``The Bopera House´´with the reknowned tenorist
Ralph Lalama. The group performed in NY, up and down the east-coast,
and recorded three highly-acclaimed albums.
Change-of-scene: Since 1992 Marshall lives in Cologne, Germany, where
he is one of the most important soloists of the WDR radio-television
big band. His European quintet with Dutch tenor legend, Ferdinand
Povel, has appeared all over Germany, as well as in Belgium,
Holland,Austria and Switzerland. However, Marshall has not turned his
back on New York.He returns there every year for appearances and