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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: The Dave Liebman Group
  • School / Univ. / Institution: Penn State University
  • Country: United States

Marko Marcinko came onto the international music scene in 1994 while touring and recording with trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson. Marko served as drummer and arranger for Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band for three years. Marko appears on the Concord Recording "One More Trip To Birdland".

Born in Archbald, Pennsylvania, Marcinko studied technique with drumming master Joe Morello and continued his training at the University Of Miami where he studied classical, jazz, brazilian and afro-cuban styles under professors Fred Wickstrom, Steve Bagby, Steve Rucker, Harry Hawthorne, and Ney Resaro.

Over the years Marko has played with jazz greats Joe Henderson, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Bob Dorough, Red Rodney, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Mulgrew Miller, Mike Stern, Tierney Sutton, Terrell Stafford and Will Lee. Other notables Marcinko has worked with include Jon Secada, Joan Rivers, Connie Francis, Don Rickles, Melba Moore, Juan Gabriel, Clay Aiken, Bob Newhart and Nicol Williamson.

During his years in the music industry, Marcinko has worked as a freelance musician playing drum set, percussion, piano/keyboards, bass guitar and trombone. He has also served as a studio session player, arranger, musical director and producer for numerous commercial jingles, indie-films and off-Broadway, club and theater engagements.

Currently, Marcinko tours and records with jazz saxophone icon Dave Liebman, as well as Mack Avenue recording artist / French jazz vocalist Ilona Knopfler. Two Dave Liebman Group recordings you can hear Marcinko on are "Conversation" SunnySide Records and "Back On The Corner" Tone Center Records.

He is also an adjunct professor of jazz studies at Penn State University, State College, PA.

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