Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Marc Kibrick Bernstein was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 19, 1961.After hearing a recording of Benny Goodman's small group at a clarinet lesson as a youngster, Marc started going to the Village Vanguard, Sweet Basil and 7th Ave South to regularly hear, amongst others: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, James Moody, Gil Evans Big Band, George Coleman, The Brecker Brothers, Harold Mabern, Jaco Pastorius. Upon graduation from Berklee College of Music in 1984, Marc had been inspired further by hearing great Bostonians like Roy Haynes, Jerry Bergonzi, Allan Dawson, and his sax mentors Jimmy Mosher and George Garzone. Bernstein returned to New York in 1985 and recorded with Hal Galper and Billy Hart. He formed a quartet and duo featuring Hal which performed occasionally until the early 90’s. In addition, Marc played quite regularly with his group featuring Billy during that same period. In 1989 Bernstein replaced Arnie Lawrence in Chico Hamilton's band and performed with him for two years. Highlights during his stay with Chico include concerts at the Apollo Theatre, Central Park and the JVC Jazz Festival. In 1990 Marc had the honor of playing a concert with Michael Brecker and Branford Marsalis. In 1991 Bernstein started his "Electric Quartet" which worked regularly at Visiones and featured Dave Douglas and Michael J. Stevens. Between 1991-1994 Marc appeared with his own groups and as a sideman with performances at countless venues in and around New York City, most notably The Blue Note, Avery Fischer Hall, Sweet Basil and Mikells. In 1994 Marc met Laila from Denmark on a plane on the way home from some performances in Europe. They decided to start their married life together in Denmark where they currently live with their son, Jonas Kibrick Bernstein. Shortly after his arrival in Denmark, Marc auditioned for and joined Klüvers Big Band where he had the opportunity to perform and record with Bob Mintzer, Bill Dobbins, Ed Neumeister, Lars Jansson and Dennis Mackrel. Bernstein is also featured on the Klüvers Big Band CD "Live In Tivoli" with Deborah Brown. Since leaving Klüvers Big Band in 1996 Marc has released 8 CD's as a leader and has recorded and/or performed with: Tom Harrell, Billy Hart, David Kikoski, Bob Moses, Billy Cobham, Joey Calderazzo, Richie Beirach, Hal Galper, Jimmy Cobb, James Moody, Alex Riel, Jacob Anderskov, Stefan Pasborg, Kasper Tranberg, Anders Trentemøller, Nils Davidsen, Mads Vinding, Marie Bergman, Bob Rockwell, Carsten Dahl, Tomas Franck, Morten Lund, Henrik Gunde, Sinne Eeg, Bob Gulotti and many others. Along-side all of this, Marc is currently leader of the Rhythmic Music Dept. at The Southern Danish Conservatory of Music and is very active inspiring young people to experiment and develop their creativity through improvisation and composition by using the concepts described in his book “Rhythmical Building Blocks - From J.S. Bach to James Brown”
Marc Bernstein's musical odyssey began as a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston. From 1986-89 he was a member of Chico Hamilton's group. At the group's 1989 JVC Jazz Festival concert, his playing caused New York Times critic John S. Wilson to highlight Marc as "the most exciting" soloist in the group. He then went on to play with such jazz luminaries as Billy Hart and James Moody as well as making appearances with his own group at many of New York's top jazz clubs, most notably 'The Blue Note' and 'Visions'. Since moving to Denmark in 1994 he has appeared with own groups and as a member of Klüvers Big Band and Ensemble New. During this time he has performed with amongst others Bob Mintzer, Carsten Dahl, Lars Jansson, Jens Winther, Billy Cobham, one of Europe's finest bassists Mads Vinding and the incredible Billy Hart who join Marc on this, his debut album as a leader. Along with Marc, Mads and Billy is Olivier Antunes, a very promising young pianist who makes his recording debut here.