* Jean Baylor (vocals)*
*Marcus Baylor (drums)*
*Terry Brewer (piano)*
*Ben Williams (upright bass)*
*Keith Loftis (tenor/soprano sax)*
A husband. A wife. An astonishing debut. Jean Baylor and Marcus Baylor’s highly anticipated collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of Jazz. As the children of Pastors, Marcus and Jean's musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of gospel, blues, soul, and jazz to make it’s mark. Their debut CD «The Journey», released on their own label, Be A Light, topped the Billboard Jazz Chart at number 8, solidifying The Baylor Project as an
Jean, a “Jersey Girl”, was introduced to jazz in college as a Vocal
Performance Major at Temple University, where she was heavily influenced by artists such as Carmen McCrae, Jimmy Scott, and Shirley Horn. She subsequently made her mark as one-half of the platinum recording duo, Zhane´. In addition to continued development of her craft, Jean has expanded into composing, arranging, producing, and band leading. She has been a featured guest artist in performances and recordings with The Yellowjackets, Kenny Garrett, Marcus Miller and legendary bassist, Buster Williams. Well-equipped with an agile mezzo-soprano range, Jean combines a fresh, whimsical approach to phrasing with clever improvisation resulting in singing of such vocal purity that she embraces the soul.
Marcus, a St. Louis native, is widely recognized as the former member and drummer of the 3-time Grammy Award winning jazz quartet, the Yellowjackets. While studying and graduating from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he performed and recorded with musical icons Cassandra Wilson, John
Scofield, and Kenny Garrett. Since then, Marcus has come into his own as a composer, arranger, producer and bandleader.
Together, they naturally spring from tunes full of swing to spiritual songs intended to stir the emotions. And what’s more is that Marcus and Jean have the uncanny ability to bridge the gap between generations. They are relatable, they are virtuosic, and for these reasons they captivate packed
houses and sold out audiences.
“*Jean and Marcus Baylor are a married couple whose buoyant, convivial music unites gospel, jazz and R&B.*”
– *The New York Times*