Marc Cary

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Marc Cary
Marc Cary.jpg
Photo by Jalylah Burrell
Background information
Birth name Marc Anthony Cary
Born (1967-01-29) January 29, 1967 (age 51)
New York City, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano
Years active 1990–present
Labels Motéma Music
Associated acts Sameer Gupta

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]


  • Cary On (Enja, 1995)
  • Listen (Arabesque, 1997)
  • The Anitdote (Arabesque, 1998)
  • Captured Live in Brazil - with Indigenous People (Jazzateria, 1999)
  • Rhodes Ahead (Jazzateria, 1999)
  • Trillium - w/ Nasheet Waits and Taurus Mateen (Jazzateria, 2000)
  • 'N.G.G.R. Please - with Indigenous People (Jazzateria, 2003)
  • FOCUS - Marc Cary Focus Trio (Sameer Gupta & David Ewell) (Motéma Music, 2006)
  • AbStraKt|BlaK - with Shon 'Chance' Miller (Motéma Music, 2006)
  • For the Love of Abbey (solo), 2013
  • Four Directions - Marc Cary Focus Trio·(Motéma Music, 2013)
  • Rhodes Ahead, Vol. 2 (Motéma Music 2015)

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.