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Marques Carroll

For the diverse trumpeter who has spent the last 32 years of life pursuing music with dedication and determination, Marques has turned his passion into a career and a life long journey.  To say that Jazz is his only plateau would limit his overall playing ability and knowledge of music. 

Marques grew up in St. Louis, MO, which has cultivated some of the greatest trumpet players in Jazz music such as Clark Terry, Miles Davis, Russell Gunn, Keyon Harrold, Jeremy Davenport, Quentin Coaxum and Danny Campbell. Marques’s grandfather, Lawrence Carroll, was a major influence in his introduction to the trumpet and the world of music.  His grandfather was a member of the Tom Powell Post Drum and Bugle Corp of St. Louis, which helped enrich the lives of urban youth in the city of St. Louis. While he played and learned how to better his craft on the trumpet, he became good friends with Clark Terry who was also a member of the same Corp.  The relationship that Clark and Lawrence developed would prove to stand strong for many years.  Lawrence gave back to his community through music education in the Drum and Bugle Corp, singing in his church and mentoring the youth in the underprivileged areas of St. Louis. 

Marques was fortunate enough to have a grandfather who was very determined himself, well known and resourceful to provide Marques with great playing opportunities and teachers to help grow his talents in music. While studying in St. Louis, Marques had great mentors like Charlie Rose, Jim Bovinette, Dan Presgrave, Tyra Ross, Bob Edwards, Jim Waechter and Susan Slaughter.  He would also grab lessons from Clark Terry every time he came to town to perform. 

“I’ll never forget when I went to Clark Terry’s Jazz Camp in LeMars Iowa.  I was sitting there with my grandfather and Clark’s nephew, Odell, and I was in awe by the entire experience. I was learning from Marshall Royal and Snooky Young.  I was such a young kid and had no idea who these men were in the music world.”

Marques  headed to Chicago to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree at DePaul University. There he would study with both trumpeters, Matt Lee and Bob Lark, who helped Marques grow as a musician and an educator. While studying at DePaul, Marques was able to perform and learn from great musicians such as Dick Oates, Tom Harrell, Slide Hampton, Bob Brookmeyer, Jon Fedchock, Nicholas Payton, Joe Lovano, Byron Stripling, Kenny Werner, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Jon Faddis and Carl Allen.

“I remember one thing I learned in school that has proven to be very true.  If you want to work you have to be the complete musician.  I love Jazz music but I also love all types of music and playing situations.”

After graduating from DePaul in 2001, Marques stayed in Chicago and began to work hard at becoming a top call musician in the city. Marques would spend the next ten years in Chicago building up his trumpet studio from the Southside of Chicago to his current studio for New Trier High School’s Jazz Department. In the ten years from 2001-2011 Marques played with various bands with music styles ranging from classic rock, soul, blues, salsa and Afro-Beat.  His most notable experience during that time was being called upon to sub with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble under the direction of drummer, Dana Hall.  Marques would soon become the first call lead trumpet player sub and was able to perform with the ensemble alongside Jon Faddis, Christian McBride, Meshell Ndegocello, Etienne Charles and Nicholas Payton. 

From 2012-2014 Marques returned to DePaul University to pursue his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies Performance.  During that time Marques played lead in the top jazz ensemble and was a mentor to the younger students in the program. He would also have the chance to perform and record with Jeff Hamilton, Jimmy Heath and Randy Brecker.  

Marques has become a top call freelance musician who has played lead trumpet for The Chicago Yestet and as a soloist for groups and artists such as blues guitarist Guy King, Aretha Franklin, The Ojays, The Temptations, The Four Top, The Larry King Orchestra, The Christopher LeMark Experience and Pocket Radio. Marques also had the pleasure of traveling to perform throughout Europe, Vietnam and Montreal in various jazz festivals. Marques is currently the new permanent fourth trumpet player with The Count Basie Orchestra, the leader of The Trumpet Summit and the co-leader of the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective.  

As he continues to stay active on the music scene in Chicago, education has also remained a major passion for Marques.  Currently, he is the Musical Director for the Chicago Jesuit Academy.  He has written the course outline and curriculum in which students are exposed to jazz history, theory and instrumental pedagogy. This program has become a cornerstone for the school itself and has provided many students the opportunity to continue their love for music on a higher level.  Marques continues to do great work within the Chicago Public School System giving clinics, master classes in trumpet and music performance and working as a mentor to young trumpeters associated with Chicago's Jazz Institute.

“I believe that we as musicians have a huge responsibility to give back to our youth and especially to those who do not have the opportunity to learn music on a higher level.  It’s our duty to help others learn to express themselves in a positive manner.”