The New Marc Fields Quintet featuring Steve Hoskins, Mike Darrah, Jim Anderson, and Art Gore will be live at The Thompson House Friday October 26, 2012 at 8pm. Ticket Price $10.
Marc, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, credits his earliest and most important musical influence to his father, jazz disc jockey Bill Fields. Bill Fields continuously pressed upon his son a fervent passion for jazz, and Marc readily absorbed all the knowledge and love of jazz his father bestowed upon him. During the summer prior to his freshman year in high school, his father enrolled him in a 10-week workshop in St. Louis, Missouri run by one of the most inspired and inspiring jazz composer/arrangers of his time, Oliver Nelson. The workshop featured appearances from such jazz luminaries as Ron Carter, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Clark Terry, Roland Hanna, and Phil Woods. The experience of studying with these musicians cemented Marc’s destiny to become a jazz musician.
Upon leaving the road with Ray Charles and returning home to Cincinnati in 1994, Marc landed a position as adjunct professor of jazz trombone and combos at his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he challenges his students to understand the great qualities of the trombone. His message to them is this: maintain a consistent, goal-based work ethic and add a measure of good natured patience. He often notes that trombonists have to achieve a higher level of mastery to play the same musical ideas as their trumpet and saxophone-playing counterparts. However, the decision to play the trombone is one Marc Fields has never regretted, and he thrives on conveying his musical ideas through his instrument and his compositions.