6:00 pm
Marion Cowings

Minton's playhouse
206 West 118th Street


Marion Cowings – Vocals
Sullivan Fortner – Piano
Endea Owens – Bass
Charles Goold – Drums

1st Set
7:30pm – Doors 6pm

2nd Set
9:30pm – Doors 9pm

Sets are 1 hour long
The admission price is $10.00 Sun- Wed. and $20 Thu- Sat. per set PLUS a 2 drink minimum. *
* Admission may increase depending upon a given week’s performance schedule.
During performances, quiet is enforced


Jazz singer Marion Cowings is a native New Yorker. His smooth baritone voice and considerable range has been delighting audiences around the world for decades. Mentored by the legendary Jon Hendricks, Marion is a master of scat and vocal technique. He has appeared at the Blue Note, Village Vanguard, and Lincoln Center as well as many prestigious venues abroad.
Marion grew up in the South Bronx where his father was a merchant and his mother taught public school. He attended Music and Art (now LaGuardia High School), where he was chosen to perform as a solo vocalist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. In the same year, at the age of fifteen, he discovered the bebop group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. While still in high school, his classmate Eddie Gomez (now a formidable bassist and Bill Evans collaborator) played with Jon Hendricks and spoke highly of Marion. Jon called Marion and said “I hear you’re doing my stuff, meet me outside Birdland and we’ll talk.” Soon afterward, Jon set up Marion’s first professional engagement at the Randall’s Island Jazz Festival with ‘Little Pony’ Poindextor and the Ike Issac’s Trio. He also began to understudy Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, and eventually became Dave Lamberts original replacement.
Involved in commercials, voiceovers and jingles, Marion received the advertising industry’s Clio Award with one of his mentors, Hal Schaefer. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a published lyricist with Quincy Jones, Wayne Shorter, Frank Foster, and Sonny Rollins.