Marcus Johnson is an alto saxophonist rising through the ranks of the Smooth jazz scene. As a product of the great music capital of the world – Nashville, Tennessee – Marcus developed his passion for music at a young age by beginning to play the saxophone at the age of 10. Nashville’s wide range of musical styles and traditions inspired him to develop a unique sound that draws from jazz, R&B, funk, blues, soul and gospel. This contemporary jazz artist also comes from a musical family and found great joy listening to his many musical family members.
Marcus graduated from Tennessee State University where he achieved degrees in Economics and Finance. Throughout his time in college, Marcus made his way around the local club circuit of Nashville, New York, & Houston. Marcus’ multiple interests and his drive to succeed led him to a career on Wall St and currently runs a Financial Advisory business where he manages millions of dollars. While in NYC, he has quickly expanded his musical network and most recently recorded with Producer Elite who has produced for hip hop artists Jadakiss, Nas, Common and Grammy nominee for “Best New Artist” J. Cole. He can also be found playing with artists such as Cheryl Pepsi Riley, Nate Jones, Anthony Hall and Many others. Marcus has performed with, Elle Varner, Raheem Devaughn, John Legend, Snarky Puppy, Bradford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Hezekiah Walker, Lyfe Jennings, Bobby Jones Gospel and Many more.
Marcus is currently an endorsee of Antigua Winds, Theo Wanne, Legere Reeds, and AMT microphones. Marcus’ debut album entitled “Passion Speaks Louder“ which was released Spring 2016 and was number #5 on the smooth jazz charts on iTunes & amazon.




Nashville Black 40 under 40 2017: Marcus Johnson


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