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Marko Djordjevic
Marko Djordjevic
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Artist Biography

Everything you need to know in one spot.

  • Band/Affiliation: Sveti / Jonah Smith
  • Birthday: April 09
  • Country: United States

Called a “world class drummer” and “a true innovator” by Modern Drummer magazine, Marko Djordjevic has played on nearly 50 albums and has thousands of live performances to his credit.

Hal Crook, Matt Garrison, Bill Frisell, Aaron Goldberg, Eric Lewis, Wayne Krantz, Lionel Loueke, Chris McDermott, Clarence Spady, Jacques Schwartz-Bart, Jonah Smith and Gary Willis are some of the artists he has performed and/or recorded with since graduating with honors from Berklee College of Music, where he was accepted on a scholarship at the age of 16. Guitarist Lionel Loueke, Blue Note recording artist and a long time member of Herbie Hancock’s group says: “Marko is one of the greatest drummers out there. He possesses incredible technique and a musical mind to match it. I love playing with him because he is so creative and unique!”

For well over a decade, Marko’s project SVETI has been the outlet for him as a composer and band leader. The music is steeped in the jazz tradition, flavored by the rich heritage of his native Serbia and the Balkans, with a nod to the influence of “western” artists from Coltrane and Zawinul to Zappa and The Police. This unique blend has been turning heads of listeners and critics alike. Add into the mix the high caliber of sidemen in each of the incarnations of the group and no wonder Phil di Pietro of All About Jazz exclaims: “Sveti is a group of absolutely monster musicians!”

2012 will see the release of the latest album, largely in a trio setting featuring young piano phenom Bobby Avey (Dave Liebman, Phil Woods) and extraordinary Australian bassist Desmond White (Gilad Hekselman, Jacam Manricks) who comprise the core of the touring band as well. Also featured on the album are two tremendous tenor men, Eli Degibri (Al Foster, Herbie Hancock) and Tivon Pennicott (Kenny Burrell, Nellie McKay).

Apart from his activities as a leader and a sideman, Marko is active as a solo artist and educator. As an A level endorser and spokesman for Mapex drums, Zidljian cymbals, Evans drum heads and Vic Firth sticks, he has been featured around the world in solo concerts, clinics and seminars. His critically acclaimed DVD “Where I Come From” and book entitled “The New Frontier” have been published and distributed by Alfred Music Publishing worldwide.

Most recently Marko was featured in a book about the outstanding musicians in the jazz scene today entitled “The New Face Of Jazz – Living Legends and Artists Of Tomorrow” (Billoboard Books/Random House Publishing). In the words of author Cicily Janus “Marko’s name is quickly becoming synonymous with greatness.” Marko is eager to confirm this assertion by spreading his music to all corners of the earth.

Marko Djordjevic resides in NYC. In addition to his busy touring schedule he teaches at the world famous Drummers Collective as well as his private Manhattan studio.

 

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