Marcus Elliot is a saxophonist, composer, improviser, and educator based in Detroit, Michigan. His compositions and improvisations have been described by the New York Times as “convincing and confident, evolved in touch and tone…,” and the Detroit Free Press has said, “Marcus Elliot represents the next generation of jazz.” Elliot leads and co-leads many different Detroit-based bands including the Marcus Elliot Quartet, Clockwork, Balance, Beyond Rebellious, and Lanula. He co-founded the nonprofit Polyfold Musical Arts Collective and is the director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Ensembles. Elliot received his bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from Michigan State University and his master’s degree in improvisation from the University of Michigan. Marcus self-released three albums with his ensemble, the Marcus Elliot Quartet and co-released two albums with Balance, his duo project with Michael Malis.