Marcus Wyatt, a native of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape,South Africa,has been blowing his horn since
1983. He is part of a new generation of South African musicians, moving forward, respectful of the past without being afraid of twisting boundaries. Marcus' new album "Language 12" is testament to this, with a seamless blend of tradition and progressive thinking, contemporary loop-based ideas and live performance.
This young trumpet player has performed around the globe, and worked with an impressive array of musicians, from Manu Dibango, Abdullah Ibrahim and Miriam Makeba to Carlo Mombelli, Courtney Pine and The Fra Fra Sound (Holland). Marcus Wyatt's first two albums "Gathering" and "Africans in Space" feature South Africa's finest Jazz musicians, and have both been nominated for South African Music Awards(SAMA).
Marcus is able to entertain a very fruitful conversation between a clearly South African jazz tradition, and a more international resonance, displaying his musical know-how at times in the image of Freddie Hubbard with a nod here and there to the Jazz legend Miles Davis himself. Over the years he has developed a reputation of being one of the most versatile and in demand trumpet players in South Africa. Not only is he one of the hardest working musicians, but is also an obvious and rarely gifted trumpet player. He is equally at home in any number of settings from small ensembles, trios and big bands to drum n bass, hip hop, R&B and house and round the corner to free improvisation. This combined with a warm, wide sound, has earned him the respect of both his fellow musicians and critics alike. Over the past decade, Marcus has recorded and performed with some of the most respected local and International artists:
Tina Schouw & Jack von Poll
Hotep Idris Galeta
Truly Fully Hey Shoo Wow Band
Walter Bishop Jnr (Charlie Parker's last resident pianist)
Ann Hampton Callaway
Stockholm Jazz Orchestra
Iconoclast (Victor Ntoni, Khaya Mahlangu, Hilton Schilder and Vusi Khumalo)
Dave O'higgins & Interzone
Dave Young and Rene Lee
He is a favourite at every major festival in South Africa, as well as the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, and also receives a warm response from festivals in Rome and Amsterdam's famous Bimhuis jazz club.
His production credits include an outfit from Attridgeville,"The Heavy Spirits", who have since performed in France on a number of occasions.
Marcus has written for television and film,including collaborating with Carlo Mombelli on Khalo Matabane's highly acclaimed "Story of a Beautiful Country"
Also, more recently he arranged some of his music for big band and Strings to be premiered at the Linder auditorium in Johannesburg, and In 2005 he was invited to join the University Of The Witwatersrand(WITS) as a guest Lecturer.
Marcus is also a founding member of the acclaimed South African quintet “VOICE”, also comprising Andile Yenana(pno), Herbie Tsoaeli(acc.bass), Sydney Mnisi (sax), Morabo Morajele and Lulu Gontsana(drums). VOICE have released two albums,”Quintet Legacy vol.1 and vol.2 (Songs For Our Grandchildren)”.
“Gathering”, ” Africans In Space”, “Quintet Legacy vol.1” and" Quintet legacy vol.2" have all been nominated for South African Music Awards(SAMA).
In the gravity of this sort of talent, his career is only beginning. We can only look forward in anticipation as we watch a Jazz megastar in the making