Marc Macisso was born and raised in Portland, Maine. At the age of 10, influenced by his older brother who played guitar, Marc also began to study the guitar. By Junior High School, he was in a local garage band playing all the hits by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. At 16, Marc was discovered by the high school music teacher playing harmonica in the hallways at school. He was recruited into the high school band, where he quickly learned to play the flute, clarinet and saxophone.
At age 12, Marc began playing the harmonica. His soulful harmonica solos are featured on Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs and Swamp Loggings. Marc endorses Lee Oskar harmonicas.
Marc went on to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Music. It was while at Berklee that he acquired his love and skill for playing jazz. After graduating, Marc headed to Los Angeles, where he still resides today.
Marc has recorded with Bette Midler, Jessie Colin Young, Michael Bolton and “Year of the Cat” Al Stewart, with whom he toured in Europe and played The Royal Albert Hall in London. He’s appeared live with Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Steve Winwood, Carole King, Chaka Kahn, Tito Puente, Billy Preston, Peter White, Sheena Easton, Michael McDonald, Dave Koz, The Rippingtons, Dionne Warwick, the Doobie Brothers, and many others.
In addition to performing his own shows, Marc performs regularly with Al Stewart and smooth jazz guitarist Peter White. Peter makes a guest appearance on Marc’s CD, Movin’ On 2007.
Marc’s latest CD Smooth Journey was released in August of 2010 at a “Coming Home” show in Portland, Maine. This show was a huge success and has become an annual event that will replay every August