Marcus Baskie

Marcus Baskie is a 4th year saxophone player at York University. He started his time at York as a vocal major and then after his first year, made the switch to playing saxophone and has loved it ever since. Marcus attributes his love of Jazz to his mother who he always remember would listen to the JAZZ.FM91 broadcasts of “Jazz at Lincoln Center” broadcasts Friday nights.

Marcus’s time at York has been extraordinary. He has had the opportunity to study under Kelly Jefferson, Richard Whitemen, Anthony Michelli, Mike Cado, Barry Elmes and many other prominent Jazz musicians in the city as well as preform around the city with some amazing young musicians. Marcus has been influenced by saxophone players such as: Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderly, Lenny Pickett and other musicians such as Vince Guaraldi, King Pleasure, Ernesto Cervini and Laila Biali.

Marcus Plays in multiple bands out side of school including a Jazz Quartet and a funk band called “Funk the System”. Marcus enjoys all types of Jazz but has always found himself constantly listening to Big Bands. Some of his favourite band leaders are Bob Florence, Maria Schneider and he also enjoys classic leaders like Basie and Ellington. Along with listening to big bands, Marcus also plays in the York University Jazz Orchestra and this year is playing lead alto in the band. Ultimately, Marcus loves Jazz and hopes to be playing this music for the rest of his life!

Marcus’s Jazzology playlist:

  • “Beatrice” – Marcus Baskie
  • “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” – Oscar Peterson Trio with Sunny Stitt (1959)
  • “Pennies From Heaven” – Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop (2017)
  • “Del Sasser” – Cannonball Adderly (1960)
  • “Softly As A Morning Sunrise” – Vince Guaraldi (1958)
  • “And So It Goes” – Laila Biali (2010)
  • “Kathy” – Lenny Pickett (2014)

Jazzology with Heather Bambrick can be heard Wednesdays at 9 pm.