One of the leading lights of contemporary jazz, pianist, keyboardist and composer Marc Cary is the master of a futuristic jazz-funk that ranks him among the most innovative and creative figures on the jazz scene. Born in 1967 in New York into a family of musicians, Cary discovered piano as a teen before enrolling in the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. Noted for his talent by none other than Dizzy Gillespie, he made the leap to New York at 21, where he would play with the greats: Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Stefon Harris, Arthur Taylor, Carlos Garnett, Jackie McLean, Carmen McRae, Meshell Ndegeocello, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, as well as Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln. A naturally versatile artist, he has also collaborated with hip-hop artists including Q-Tip. In the wake of Cary On, his debut release as a bandleader in 1995, Cary has recorded a dozen albums. The eclectic Cary has a penchant for electronic music, synthesizers and effects pedals, turning them to his unique purposes as he fuses his mastery of jazz technique with his expertise in groove. He showcases a range and interest stretching from traditional and contemporary jazz to hip-hop, funk, electronica and soul, with rhythms drawn from drum n’ bass, Malian music and Indian ragas. Named one of the rising stars in jazz by DownBeat, he is known for three distinct projects: his Focus Trio, a jazz trio born in the mid-2000s, his multi-ethnic collective Indigenous People, crossing African and Caribbean grooves, house, hip-hop and Amerindian heritage, and the Rhodes Ahead series, which earned him Best New Jazz Artist from Billboard in 2000, with a 2nd volume released in 2015, where powerhouse improvisation, traditional instruments, urban beats, keyboards and atmospheric sound effects are blended to create a high-calibre hybrid jazz.