Marx, who specialized on tenor and doubled on soprano, mezzo-soprano, harmonica, and flute, was a key player on the 1970s New York scene, where he worked with Donald Byrd, Reggie Workman, Jim Pepper, Dave Stryker, and others. From 1985 to 1990 he co-led the group Second Sight with pianist John Esposito. An important band that naturally and fearlessly blended straight-ahead with more avant styles, Second Sight also featured drummer Jeff "Siege" Siegel, bassist Allen Murphy, percussionist Frederick Berryhill, and future trumpet king Dave Douglas—all of whom will join trumpeter Greg Glassman; bassists John Menegon, Rich Syracuse, and Emma Alabaster; guitarist Peter Einhorn; singer Teri Roiger; drummer Peter O’Brien; violinist Rosi Hertlein; pianist Francesca Tanksley; saxophonists Eric Person and Mitch Kessler; and others for the gig.
Regrettably, YouTube footage of Marx in action is scant. Here’s a tantalizing 30-second clip of the artist at Chicago’s Velvet Lounge:
The Jeff Marx memorial concert will take place at the Colony Cafe in Woodstock, New York, on August 3 at 4pm. Admission is $10 and proceeds will go to the Jazz Foundation of America’s Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund. For more information, call (845) 679-8639 or visit http://www.colonycafewoodstock.com/.