Marc Cary

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Marc Cary
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Background information
Birth nameMarc Anthony Cary
Born (1967-01-29) January 29, 1967 (age 56)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1990–present
LabelsMotéma Music

Marc Cary (born January 29, 1967)[1] is a post bop jazz pianist based out of New York City.[2] Cary has played and recorded with several well-known musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove, Arthur Taylor, Abbey Lincoln, Carlos Garnett, Erykah Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello, Stefon Harris, Lauryn Hill, Ani DiFranco, Jackie McLean, Q-Tip and Carmen McRae.

Cary grew up playing on the go-go music scene in Washington, D.C. He eventually moved to New York City, and it was through his work with Abbey Lincoln that broad audiences were first introduced to his rhythmic style, which draws on the influence of Randy Weston and McCoy Tyner.[3]


As leader/co-leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1995 Cary On Enja With Roy Hargrove (trumpet), Ron Blake (tenor sax), Dwayne Burno (bass), Dion Parson (drums), Yarborough Charles Laws (flute), Charlene Fitzpatrick (vocals)
1997 Listen Arabesque With Billy Johnson (bass), Dion Parson (drums), Yarbrough Charles Laws (flute), Daniel Moreno (percussion), Ron Blake (tenor sax), Terell Stafford (trumpet)
1998 The Anitdote Arabesque With Daniel Moreno, Yarbrough Charles Laws (percussion), Ron Blake (sax), John Ormond (bass)
1999? Captured Live in Brazil Jazzateria with Indigenous People
1999 Rhodes Ahead Jazzateria
1999 Trillium Jazzateria With Nasheet Waits and Tarus Mateen
2003? N.G.G.R. Please Jazzateria with Indigenous People
2006 FOCUS Motéma Music Trio, with Sameer Gupta & David Ewell
2006? BlaK Motéma Music
2012 For the Love of Abbey Motéma Music Solo piano
2013? Four Directions Motéma Music Trio, with Burniss Earl Travis II, Rashaan Carter (bass; separately), Sameer Gupta (drums, tabla)
2015 Rhodes Ahead, Vol. 2 Motéma Music
2018 After the Jam, Volume 1 Independent Trio, with Dan Chmielinski (bass), Diego Ramirez (drums)

As sideman[edit]

With David Murray

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Best New Jazz Artist Award 2000—Billboard/BET
  • Grammy Nominations for work with Roy Hargrove, Betty Carter, Stefon Harris & Abbey Lincoln
  • One of Downbeat Magazine's "25 for the future of Jazz!"
  • Nammy Nomination 2003
  • Downbeat, "Rising Star: Keyboard," 2014


  1. ^ Feather, Leonard & Gitler, Ira (2007). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, p116. Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ Adler, David R. "Marc Cary Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  3. ^ Russonello, Giovanni. "Photos | Marc Cary at Bohemian Caverns: Believing in the groove (and out)". CapitalBop. Retrieved 10 May 2012.