British-born composer/arranger, producer, presenter, performer, author/journalist, and educator Eugene Marlow is a fourth generation composer/musician with an eclectic performing arts and media background. He is founder, leader, pianist, and arranger of The Heritage Ensemble.
Even though his family history is steeped in classical music, at eight-years-old Marlow was introduced to jazz by his violinist/composer father at a London jazz jamboree. After emigrating to the United States in 1953, Marlow heard more jazz courtesy of Henry Mancini’s various scores. While attending the famed High School of Performing Arts (drama), his friendship with jazz-playing music students deepened his interest. After completing a bachelor’s degree (English, and two years as a tenor in the Hunter College Choir), he enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War era. It was then that he began to study jazz more seriously and woodshed on the piano. Even though serving as a military historian, he formed several groups and performed in and around central California and the South Pacific. Several years following his military service (and earning an MBA), he was selected by the late Dr. Billy Taylor to participate in an ASCAP-sponsored jazz songwriting workshop. There he met and began to study composition with Harold Danko. After earning a Ph.D. in media studies (NYU), he later pursued a bachelor’s then a master’s degree in classical composition (Hunter College). He was for eight years a participant in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. He has also studied privately with Grammy-award winning composer Maria Schneider, Pulitzer-prize winning composer Paul Moravec, Grawemeyer-winner George Tsontakis, and Maurice Peress.
To date, Dr. Marlow has scored 200+ classical and jazz compositions for solo instruments, chamber groups, and jazz big band, and produced seven CDs of original compositions and arrangements. Of note, his big band original “El Ache de Sanabria” appears on Bobby Sanabria’s Grammy-nominated album “Big Band Urban Folktales” (2007). Marlow is senior co-chair of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives series at Baruch College (The City University of New York) where he teaches courses in media and culture. Author of eight books and 130+ articles on music, media and culture, he is drafting a book on jazz in China. In 2010 Marlow received a “Meet the Composer” grant and the Media Ecology Association “James W. Carey Award for Journalism Excellence.”