Marcus Gilmore

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Marcus Gilmore
Born October 10, 1986
Hollis, Queens New York

Marcus Gilmore (born October 10,1986) is an American drummer. In 2009, New York Times critic Ben Ratliff included Gilmore in his list of drummers who are "finding new ways to look at the drum set, and at jazz itself", saying, "he created that pleasant citywide buzz when someone new and special blows through New York clubs and jam sessions"[1].


Gilmore is the grandson of Roy Haynes, who gave him his first drum kit at the age of ten, and the nephew of Graham Haynes[2]. A graduate of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Gilmore also received full ride scholarships to the Juilliard School of Music and Manhattan School of Music. He has been touring professionally since the age of sixteen. Gilmore is the recipient of several awards such as the Wynton Kelly Foundation Award, the Wyoming Seminary PAI Best Instrumentalist Award, The Shifting Foundation grant, and a Latin Grammy for his work with pianist Chick Corea to name a few. Marcus has been named a protégé of the 2018 Rolex Mentors And Protégé project.[3] He is also embarking on solo projects with his bands "Actions Speak" and "Silhouwav"


As sideman[edit]

With Vijay Iyer[edit]

2005: Reimagining (Savoy Jazz )

2008: Tragicomic (Sunnyside Records)

2009: Historicity (ACT)

2012: Accelerando (ACT)

2015: Break Stuff (ECM)

With Chick Corea[edit]

2013: The Vigil

With Steve Coleman[edit]

2006: Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Weaving Symbolics (Blue Label)

2011: The Mancy of Sound (Pi Recordings)

2015: Synovial Joints (Pi Recordings)

With Graham Haynes[edit]

2007: Full Circle (Kindred Rhythm)

With Gonzalo Rubalcaba[edit]

2008: Avatar (Blue Note)

2011: XXI Century (SPassion)

With Nicholas Payton[edit]

2008: Into The Blue (Nonesuch Records)

With Hans Glawischnig[edit]

2008: Panorama (Sunnyside Records)

With Joe Martin[edit]

2009: Not by Chance (Anzic Records)

With Mark Turner[edit]

2014: Lathe of Heaven (ECM)

With Gilad Hekselman[edit]

2011: Hearts Wide Open (Jazz Village)

2013: This Just In (Jazz Village)

2015: Homes

With Chris Potter

2017: The Dreamer Is the Dream (ECM)


  1. ^ Ratliff, Ben. "Five Drummers Whose Time Is Now". New York Times. Retrieved 2018-02-22. 
  2. ^ Beener, Angelika. "When Your Grandfather Is The Greatest Living Jazz Drummer". NPR. NPR. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "David Adjaye and Colm Toibin Among New Mentors in Rolex Program". Retrieved 2018-02-21.