Marco Marotta (born in Agrigento, Italy, on the 15th of June, 1991) is a professional freelance saxophone player (tenor, soprano and alto), composer and music tutor based in London. He’s active in different genres such Jazz, blues, funk, fusion, ambient, soul, rock and free improvisation.
He started studying classical saxophone for 3 years, but afterwards he decided to turn his musical interests into the Jazz world. He obtained his Jazz bachelor degree at the conservatory “Vincenzo Bellini” of Palermo, Italy (2014). He moved to London in september 2015 and he achieved the Jazz master degree at “Guildhall school of music and drama” (2016). He took part to several masterclasses with big musicians of the Jazz scene: Joe Lovano, Seamus Blake, Steve Grossman, Dino Govoni, Danilo Rea, Emanuele Cisi, Francesco Cafiso, Max Ionata, Jerry Weldon, Marco Tamburini.
He played in festivals as ” Langnau Jazz Nights ” (Switzerland, 2013), “Arcosoli Jazz festival” (Italy, 2014), “Concorso Chicco Bettinardi” (Italy, 2017), “Blackpool Jazz & Blues festival” (UK, 2017), “Skamouth festival” (Great Yarmouth, UK, 2017) and many others. He toured in Hong Kong and China (Guangzhou and Beijing) for the launch of the NTBM album “And orange” (october 2017), in the meantime he held his first saxophone masterclass in Hong Kong.
Since he moved to London, he played in different venues: “Wembley stadium” (for the “Carabao cup final”), “Victoria & Albert” museum, “Handel & Hendrix in London” museum, Barbican free stage (with free jazz musicians as Henry Grimes and Marshall Allen from the “Sun Ra Orkestra”), Rich Mix, VINTAGE TV at Water Rats, Pizza express Jazz club (Maidstone), Pizza express Jazz club (The pheasantry, Chelsea), Oliver Jazz Bar, Bull’s head in Barnes, Ain’t nothing but blues bar, Milton Court, BBC RADIO KENT (Tunbridge Wells). Since february 2017 he joined the staff of the “Handel & Hendrix in London” museum.