Saxophonist Marshall Isseks graduated from Emory University in 2010 with a degree in philosophy. His college years revolved around two main interests: existentialism and jazz. Originally from Liberty, New York, where Marshall graduated as his high school class' salutatorian, he developed a hunger to make music soon after moving to Atlanta, GA. Studying there with Gary Motley, Dwight Andrews, Randy Hunter and EJ Hughes, Mr. Isseks balanced a modest involvement in the Atlanta Jazz Scene with receiving high honors for his philosophical work, "Improvisation is the Non-Thetic Outwardness of the Imagination." Marshall has made a living as a musician since graduation, spending six months in the Portland, OR music scene before moving back to and playing music again in Atlanta. Involved in many Atlanta projects stemming from classic jazz such as a Dave Brubeck Quartet Concert Series with Alan Dyin, Scott Glazer and Adrian Ash, to straight ahead bebop with the likes of Kermit Walker, Louis Heriveaux and the Harper family, latin influenced music with Luis Cordero's Serenata, Mac (his nickname) strives to be a major part of Atlanta's fertile music scene. At the young age of 25, he has successfully brought groups to the city's premier jazz clubs including Churchill Grounds and The Velvet Note. Currently, his most visible platform is leading the Atlanta jam session mainstay at the Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant every Thursday night. Mr. Isseks is blossoming into one of his generation's most unique and able musicians; his personality and intellect shine through a sound fiercely his own.

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