Marcus Rojas

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Marcus Rojas
Rojas in 2007
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Born (1963-02-23) February 23, 1963 (age 59)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz, classical, chamber music

Marcus Rojas (born February 23, 1963) is an American tubist from New York City.


Early life

Rojas was born in New York City on February 23, 1963, and grew up in Red Hook, Brooklyn. [1] His early influences included Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colón, and uncles who played percussion and trombone. [1] He began on trombone at elementary school, then changed to tuba in junior high school. [1] At age 15, Rojas began lessons with tubist Samuel Pilafian. [2] He went on to attend the High School of Music & Art in New York, and studied further at the New England Conservatory. [1]


"After graduation, he moved back to New York and started to work with a wide variety of musicians in different settings, including bassist Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, composer-saxophonist Henry Threadgill's Very Very Circus, trumpeter Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy." [1] He has played in the orchestras of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Ballet. [3]

Rojas formed the trio Spanish Fly with Steven Bernstein and David Tronzo in 1989. [3] He has also worked with the American Symphony Orchestra, Foetus, Sly & Robbie, and John Zorn. [4]

He has taught at New York University, State University of New York at Purchase, and Brooklyn College. [1]


As co-leader

As sideman

With Bob Belden

With David Byrne

With Thomas Chapin

With Dave Douglas

With Spanish Fly

With Sting

With They Might Be Giants

With Henry Threadgill

With Loudon Wainwright III

With Victor Wooten

With John Zorn

With others

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