By Kate Kirby
“Winter tour is fully booked! 52 days, 51 Marbin shows, 2 gypsy jazz shows (not listed). See y’all soon!” That’s what jazz music greats Marbin posted to their 148,629 followers on their Facebook page on January 5th. The tour starts Jan 11th and ends May 12. Their Big Sandy show is Jan 20th at 7:30pm at the Big Sandy Music Hall.
The four musicians that make up the band are based in Chicago, but come from various backgrounds. “Two guys from Israel and two from Chicago playing really fast: Guitar, bass, drums, and a tiny saxophone,” is how they describe themselves. An incredibly humble description for such a dynamic group.
The progressive jazz-rock band has a unique approach that stands out in today’s music world. Marbin started touring in 2011 and has played over a thousand shows since. The band plays their original instrumental music everywhere in the States that they could book a show. After well over a thousand shows and more than 20,000 albums sold, Marbin has gained hundreds of thousands of devoted fans all over the world.
Marbin has released five albums with Moonjune Records: Marbin (2009), Breaking the Cycle (2011), Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013), The Third Set (2014), and Aggressive Hippies (2015).
In addition to their regular schedule, Marbin has toured with Allan Holdsworth’s trio with Yellow Jackets’ bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Virgil Donati of Planet X, as well as Scott Henderson’s trio, which included Mike Clark and Jeff Berlin. Marbin has also recorded and performed with drummer Paul Wertico, (Pat Metheny Group), bassist Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny Group), percussionist Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), Wayne Krantz, and more.
“Woaaaahh1,” “No one will ever top this guitar solo. Nobody,” and “Yo go to this, it will blow your mind,” are the comments from the group’s Facebook page. If you are within 100 miles, you should plan to be at the Big Sandy Music Hall to catch this band on Jan 20 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are just $10 in advance online at bigsandymusichall.com, or pay just $15 at the door. See ya then!