Performing Arts | Music | Arts
The Baylor Project
2393 NE Fremont, Suite C
Nov. 14, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
NOTE: Two shows — Early Show @ 7:30pm, Late Show @ 9:30pm. Both at Fremont Theater.
Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor’s highly anticipated collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of Jazz. As the children of Pastors, Marcus and Jean’s musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of gospel, blues, soul, and jazz to make its mark.
Marcus, a St. Louis native, is widely recognized as the former drummer of the 3-time Grammy® Award winning jazz quartet, the Yellowjackets. While studying and graduating from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he performed and recorded with musical icons Cassandra Wilson and Kenny Garrett. Since then, Marcus has come into his own as a composer, arranger, producer, and bandleader.
Jean was a Vocal Performance Major at Temple University, where she was heavily influenced by artists such as Carmen McCrae, Jimmy Scott, and Shirley Horn. Since then, Jean has expanded into composing, arranging, producing, and band leading. She has been a featured guest artist in performances and recordings with The Yellowjackets, Kenny Garrett, Marcus Miller and Buster Williams. Well-equipped with an agile mezzo-soprano range, Jean combines a fresh, whimsical approach to phrasing with clever improvisation resulting in singing of such vocal purity that she embraces the soul.
Together, they naturally spring from tunes full of swing to spiritual songs intended to stir the emotions. And what’s more is that Marcus and Jean have the uncanny ability to bridge the gap between generations. They are relatable and virtuosic, and for these reasons, they captivate packed houses and sold out audiences.
“Jean and Marcus Baylor are a married couple whose buoyant, convivial music unites gospel, jazz, and R&B.” – The New York Times