6:00 pm
Jazzmobile Presents:
Marc Cary

Minton's playhouse
206 West 118th Street


Event Details:

1st Set
7:30 pm – Doors Open 6 pm

2nd Set
9:30 pm – Doors Open 9 pm

Sets are 1 hour long.

For admission, please RSVP to receive a complimentary ticket. In addition, there is a two drink minimum purchase for a table at our venue.


Music was unavoidable in Marc Cary’s household growing up. His mother was a cellist and his great-grandmother was an ivory tickler in silent movie houses who would also spend her evenings doing stride duets with Eubie Blake. Cootie Williams also happened to be a cousin of his grandfather’s Cary started his professional music career by playing on the go-go scene in Washington D.C. Cary is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School for Arts. At the age of 21 and fresh from school, he felt as if he had the adequate knowledge and talent to do something great.

Eventually, Cary moved to New York City and started working with big-name musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, and Abbey Lincoln. Lincoln was an essential influence in Cary’s career; thanks to his performances with Lincoln, Cary’s rhythmic style was able to reach a broader audience. Through his experience and newfound recognition, Cary was recruited to be a pianist for mainstream artists such as Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, and Lauryn Hill.

Cary recorded his first album as a leader, “Cary On,” in 1995. Since then, he has recorded 12 more albums over the span of 20 years. His most recent album was released in 2015 under the name “Rhodes Ahead, Vol. 2,”

Cary teaches jazz improvisation classes at the Manhattan School of Music and The Julliard School.