All of us at SFJAZZ offer our deepest condolences to the family of San Francisco drumming legend Eddie Marshall, who passed away September 7th from a heart attack at the age of 73.
Eddie has been a fixture and guiding light of the Bay Area jazz scene for over 40 years, having been the house drummer at the legendary Keystone Korner in North Beach and working with artists including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bobby McFerrin, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, John Handy and the Kronos Quartet. He had a decades-long association with vibraphonist, jazz icon and former SFJAZZ Collective member Bobby Hutcherson, with whom he recorded a number of classic albums, including his latest release, Wise One. Eddie led a pair of wonderful sessions, Dance of the Sun for the Timeless label, and his more recent self-released CD, Holy Mischief.
In 2000, Eddie was the recipient of the first SFJAZZ Beacon Award, honoring Bay Area musicians for their contributions to the local jazz scene. His tribute concert at the Masonic Auditorium featured the Holy Mischief band, his reformed electric project, Fourth Way, and vocalist Bobby McFerrin.
The jazz world has lost a tremendous artist in Eddie Marshall, and we are thankful to have known him. He will be greatly missed.
"The biography and resume of this versatile drummer helps one to understand the whole evolution of modern jazz. "
— All About Jazz
"Marshall extended jazz in the Bay Area into exciting new areas and inspired countless other musicians."
— Randall Kline