Marcus Elliot is a saxophonist, composer, improviser, and educator based in Detroit, Michigan. His list of achievements and credentials are substantial including:
-2020 Kresge Artist Fellow, awarded by Kresge Arts in Detroit
-Current director of the University of Michigan’s Creative Arts Orchestra
-A Fellow of the Geri Allen Gathering Orchestra
-Co-founder of the nonprofit Polyfold Musical Arts Collective
-Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Ensembles
Elliot is a disciple of the Detroit music scene. His mentors include Rodney Whitaker, Marcus Belgrave, Robert Hurst, Donald Walden, Bennie Maupin, Marion Hayden, and Karriem Riggins. After graduating with a bachelors degree in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University, Marcus began to curate weekly performances in Detroit, showcasing some of Detroit’s young jazz musicians. He held a weekly residency at Detroit’s premiere jazz club, Cliff Bell’s, for four years. Marcus self-released three albums with his ensemble, the Marcus Elliot Quartet and co-released an album with his duo project with Michael Malis, Balance.