“This is hands down the best ligature I have ever played. It gives me a very open tone and the response time is great! This is definitely one of the best mechanically engineered ligatures I’ve played, no need to worry if the ligature is going to move when you adjust your mouthpiece because it isn’t going anywhere! This has helped my sound in more ways, I love it.” – Marcus Johnson
Marcus Johnson is an alto saxophonist rising through the ranks of the Smooth jazz scene. As a product of the great musical city of Nashville, Tennessee, Marcus developed his passion for music at a young age by beginning to play the saxophone at the age of 10. Nashville’s wide range of musical styles and traditions inspired him to develop a unique sound that draws from jazz, R&B, funk, blues, soul and gospel.
This contemporary jazz artist also comes from a musical family and found great joy listening to his many musical family members.
In 2010, at twenty-two years old, Marcus graduated from college with a degree in Economics and Finance and landed a job on Wall Street.
While in NYC, Marcus immediately regained his inspiration for the music scene, specifically jazz. One week, Marcus decided to take a week off, head down to Philadelphia and study under Grammy Award winning producer Elite and the famed Quad Studio who has produced music for hip hop icons such as:
2015 Academy Award-winning hip- hop artist Common (“Glory”), Def Jam’s Jada Kiss, Grammy Award-winning Artist Nas, Grammy 2014 “Best New Artist” J. Cole
That bold move led to opportunities to work in New York venues such as: Ritz Carlton, Bowery Ballroom, Brooklyn Bowl, Village, BB Kings, Underground, Village Vanguard, City Winery, Oz Studio, 5Spot, Rockwood Music Hall, Milk River, Venetian Yacht Club, Harmon Instruments, B with some of music’s most notable personalities such as:
2015 Academy Award Winner, John Legend (“Glory”), Grammy and Stellar Award-winning Bobby Jones of the Bobby Jones Gospel Show, Hezekiah Walker, Elle Varner, Lyfe Jennings, Raheem Devaughn, Neyo, Cheryl Pepsi Riley, Anthony Hall, Snarky Puppy, Branford Marsalis
Marcus is currently an endorsee of Silverstein Ligatures, Antigua Winds, Theo Wanne, Legere Reeds, and AMT microphones. Marcus debut album entitled “Passion Speaks Louder” which will release in Fall 2015.