Marques Carroll has carved his own path as a musician and an educator both nationally and internationally. For the diverse trumpeter who has dedicated his time pursuing music with determination and curiosity, Marques has turned his passion into a career and a life long journey. Marques’s palette for music spans from the rich texture of the Blues, Jazz, Classical, World Music, R&B, Soul, Funk, Afrobeat and Hip Hop. These many styles not only influence his playing and writing but his educational field as well.
Marques grew up in St. Louis, MO continuing the trumpet tradition made possible by such trumpeters as Clark Terry, Miles Davis, Russell Gunn, Jeremy Davenport and the likes of the young lions Keyon Harold, Quentin Coaxum and Danny Campbell. Clark Terry made a huge impact on Marques at a very young age and through his career until Terry’s transition. Marques received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in the field of Jazz Studies Performance from DePaul University and while there, Marques was able to perform with and learn from great musicians such as Dick Oates, Tom Harrell, Slide Hampton, Bob Brookmeyer, Jon Fedchock, Nicholas Payton, Joe Lovano, Byron Stripling, Kenny Werner, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Jon Faddis, Carl Allen, Jeff Hamilton, Jimmy Heath and Randy Brecker.
Marques has become a top call freelance musician who has played lead trumpet for The Chicago Yestet, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and as a soloist/section performer with such artists as blues guitarist Guy King, Aretha Franklin, The Ojays, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Cliff Wallace Big Band, Jon Faddis, Christian McBride, Meshell Ndegocello, Etienne Charles and the Victor Goines Ensemble. Marques also has had the pleasure of performing throughout Europe, Russia, Vietnam, Canada, Japan, South America and Mexico in various jazz festivals.
Marques spent three years playing in the trumpet section (2016-2019) with The Count Basie Orchestra and is now a permanent sub member. Marques is the leader of The Trumpet Summit and the co-leader of the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective, while also leading his own Quartet, Quintet and Trio.
As he continues to stay active on the music scene in Chicago, education has also remained a major passion for Marques. Currently, he is the Musical Director for the Chicago Jesuit Academy (13 years). He has written the course outline and curriculum in which students are exposed to jazz history, theory and instrumental pedagogy. This program has become a cornerstone for the school itself and has provided many students the opportunity to continue their love for music on a higher level. Marques continues to do great work within the Chicago Public School System giving clinics, master classes in trumpet and music performance and working as a mentor to young trumpeters associated with Chicago's Jazz Institute. His Master Classes and Clinics extend past the music and reaches into the “Complete” musician/person.
“I believe that we as musicians have a huge responsibility to give back to our youth and especially to those who do not have the opportunity to learn music on a higher level. It’s our duty to help others learn to express themselves in a positive manner.”