MARS 4-tet BandA whole new sound on the scene, the MARS 4-tet ain’t your Grandma’s jazz band.




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Based in Washington, D.C., the eclectic super group, MARS 4-Tet, plays a hip, contemporary version of instrumental jazz. The band moves effortlessly from the classic jazz of Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock to the pop hits of Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel and Led Zeppelin. With Grammy Nominated players and world class recording artists at the helm, The MARS 4-Tet ain’t your Grandma’s jazz band. Get ready for energy, groove, and a good time.


Max Murray – As a long time member of Afro Bop Alliance, bassist Max Murray shared a Latin Grammy Award and a Grammy nomination for the 2008 album Caribbean Jazz Project with Dave Samuels. The Boston bred musician is a former U.S. Naval Academy Band member.

Jeff Antoniuk – Saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk has toured many continents since leaving Alberta, Canada and is lauded for his heightened powers on the saxophone. Jazz Times praised his “considerable chops” while described his “amazing saxophone playing.” He is a recognized master of modern jazz, hard bop and funk.

Frank Russo – Drummer Frank Russo enjoyed a long career with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, and has since won critical praise for his work with many jazz greats. His recordings have gained recognition from Downbeat, Jazz Times and Modern Drummer. He has performed at numerous jazz festivals in North America, Asia, and Europe.

Donato Soviero – Guitarist Donato Soviero has appeared with numerous groups in the US, Europe and the Caribbean. Like his bandmates, he has performed at all the top Washington, D.C. concert venues. Tom Cole, host of WPFW’S “G Strings” said “Donato’s beautiful phrasing and impressive improvising took me aback. He’s one of those real surprises.”

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“The quartet’s performance was one of the tightest, most powerful I have heard by any jazz artist at any venue.” – Glenn Angus, Baltimore Jazz Alliance, Live Review