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Sat, Jan 27


Takoma Station Tavern

Marc Cary Indigenous People Project


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Marc Cary Indigenous People Project
Marc Cary Indigenous People Project

Time & Location

Jan 27, 2024, 7:00 PM EST – Jan 28, 2024, 10:00 PM EST

Takoma Station Tavern, 6914 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20012, USA

About the Event

Doors open: 6:30pm

Show 7-10 pm (2 sets)

Advance tickets: $20

Day of show: $25

Parties of 4 or more can reserve a table for an additional $25. Send a request to

Minors are welcome but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Come celebrate Marc's birthday with his band "Indigenouse People Project" featuring YML on drums. 

In a jazz world brimming with brilliant and adventurous pianists, Marc Cary stands apart by way of pedigree and design as one of the country’s best jazz pianists.  Raised in Washington DC, he cut his teeth playing in go-go bands. He went on to perform with singers Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln. Cary hails from a musically literate family--his mother is a cellist; his great grandmother was a pianist in silent movie houses who also rocked barrelhouse and stride duets with Eubie Blake. Ellington trumpeter Cootie Williams was a cousin of Cary's grandfather.

While New York City is Marc's birthplace, he was raised between Providence RI and the nation's capital. The player-bandleader-composer is a graduate of DC's Duke Ellington School For The Arts. His Ellington education prepared him to take on the New York jazz scene at the age of 21. Besides Carter and Lincoln, the next decade of his life found him playing or recording with Dizzy Gillespie, Arthur Taylor, Carlos Garnett, Jackie McLean, Wynton Marsalis and Carmen McRae. His comfort with women bandleaders also made him a favorite accompanist among other singers, notably Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Ani Di Franco.  Marc has performed with a wide range of the top contemporary jazz artists and more recently he headed up the jazz improvisation classes at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.

Marc’s debut recording as a leader was released in 1995. Since then, Marc has released over a dozen albums.  He has three main projects - his Focus Trio, his pan-ethnic collective Indigenous Peoples, and his Rhodes Ahead group. In addition, Marc performs in a variety of contexts, from acoustic piano trios to electric piano quartets, which is what will perform on Saturday

Speaking of his work with electronic instruments like synthesizer, Marc says, “I have had a thirst for understanding electricity. Using analogue synthesizers and effects pedals on the Fender Rhodes, I learned how to manipulate electricity and create musical sounds. I became fascinated with how to build, transform and manipulate synthesizers and other electronic gear. From that fascination, I began to build and transform these instruments into more useful tools for me. I learned how to create everything from microphones to midi controllers, and manipulate household electronics to become musical tools. All of this fascination has worked its way deep into my musical sound, even my acoustic works.''


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