Album:Focus Trio Live 2009
Jazz pianist Marc Cary started out as a teen in the Washington Go Go scene and he had the opportunity to move into hip hop when he moved to New York. But instead he went on tour with Betty Carter and started leading his own trio in the 90s. He was born Jan. 29, 1967 in New York City but he grew up in Washington, DC. As a teen, he was in a Go Go band The High Integrity Band and was also in The Dizzy Gillespie Youth Orchestra. Cary went to high school at The Duke Ellington School of the Arts. After studying music for two years at the University of the District of Columbia, Cary moved to New York City in 1988. He befriended Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest and worked on his album The Renaissance. But then Cary went on tour with legendary jazz singer Betty Carter and then joined Roy Hargrove's band in 1991. But Cary has said that his biggest influence and person who convinced him to stick to jazz was legendary jazz singer Abbey Lincoln. Cary has recorded as a leader since 1995 and has recorded for Motema Music since 2006. His main band is the Focus Trio with David Ewell on bass and Sameer Gupta on drums. This cover of the Jackie McLean classic Minor March is outstanding and Live 2009 is worth checking out. Cary recorded an Abbey Lincoln tribute album For The Love Of Abbey last year and the trio released Four Directions Oct. 2013. Cary is touring with his trio in the fall. Here's Marc Cary and the Focus Trio performing Minor March at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival in Healdsburg, CA 2008. Cary is returning to that festival on May 30 for a solo tribute to Abbey Lincoln.