Formed Marches in 2009, the music of Marches is inspired by Albert Ayler & Sun Ra, and is guided by an aesthetic centered on simple tonal melodies and performers that bring energy to the music. It utilizes the instrumentation of the ensemble to create a distinct sound: combining the timbres of the saxophones and organ to make a lush and thick textured sound with intertwining parts propelled by the two drummer one bass rhythm section. The music allows the performers to represent their individuality through extended sections of improvisation that are framed by compositional structures.

Marches features Aram Shelton on alto and tenor saxophone, Cory Wright on tenor and baritone saxophone, Michael Coleman on keyboards, Doug Stuart on bass, and Sam Ospovat and Jordan Glenn on drums. They recorded an unreleased album at Fantasy Studios.

2009 Marches lineup:

Cory Wright has been involved in both the jazz and creative music worlds for the past 20 years, including time spent in New York, Los Angeles and his current home in the San Francisco bay area. His recent projects reflect his interest in blurring the distinction between composed and improvised material and in combining the harmonious with the atonal, and groove with the arrhythmic. A multi-reed instrumentalist, Cory has played in ensembles lead by Anthony Braxton, Vinny Golia, Eddie Gale, Adam Rudolph and Yusef Lateef. He is currently a member of bay area groups Marches, Randy McKean’s Bristle, Wiener Kids!, Lisa Mezzacappa’s Nightshade, Daniel Popsicle, and the Oakland Active Orchestra.

Michael Coleman grew up in Brooklyn, NY and studied jazz piano with Barry Harris, Michael Weiss, and Dan Wall. After earning his BA from Oberlin College, Michael relocated to Oakland to pursue a career in music. He toured both Europe and the US with several bands, including Miles Kurosky, Jug Free America, Beep!, and the Attachments and has spent time in India studying tabla. He performs in the Bay Area several nights a week with a variety of groups ranging from power pop to free jazz, playing piano, organ, synths, and clarinet.

Doug Stuart grew up in Chicagoland and studied at the University of Michigan before relocating to Berkeley, California. His strong playing has quickly made him an active member of the San Francisco creative music community and an integral member of Bells Atlas.

Jordan Glenn is a drummer/percussionist/composer living in Oakland. Since relocating from Eugene OR in 2006, he has been lucky enough to work with Fred Frith, William Winant, Zeena Parkins, and Roscoe Mitchell. He leads the eccentric trio Wiener Kids (Aram Shelton-alto/bass clarinet, Cory Wright-bari/clarinet) and is a member of the collective Host Family with Andrew Conklin, Karl Evangelista and Jason Hoopes. An active teacher and performer, he performs frequently with Dominique Leone, Michael Coleman, Alee Karim, and the bands Jack ‘O The Clock, Efft, and The R+B Free Jazz Gospel Supreme 80.

Sam Ospovat, from Lincoln, NE, played piano and sang in boys’ choir before picking up his first pair of drumsticks in 5th grade. Late nights spent improvising in friends’ parents’ basements eventually revealed to him the wisdom of moving to the Bay Area, where he studied percussion with William Winant. He performed with Cecil Taylor, Leo Smith, and Maryanne Amacher while studying at Mills College. He has played or recorded with William Winant, Tuneyards,The SF Contemporary Music Players, Angelica Sanchez, Ches Smith, Ava Mendoza and many others. He is currently working on PIKI, a collection of solo pieces, sound tableaux and polyrhythmic songs that should be out in Fall 2011.