Marcus Weeden

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Marcus Weeden is an Arizona-based bassist, multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer and band leader. He also supports, leads, and influences countless bands and musicians around the Phoenix Metropolitan area. He can best be described as a person committed to the feel-groove energy to the songs for any of the bands he plays with. 

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Weeden started playing piano at age 4 and trumpet at age 10, but at age 13 he took up the instrument he’d build a career on: electric bass. 

It’s no wonder he was making music at an early age; his mother was a classically trained pianist and church organist, and his father was an R&B/soul/jazz guitarist who would jam to the music of Wes Montgomery, B.B. King, and George Benson.


Weeden’s first musical influences all came from the basement of the house his dad built in Anchorage, Alaska; along the walls there were shelves lined with hundreds of record albums. In that home, Weeden grew up listening to recordings by Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Al Green, Jimi Hendrix, and Curtis Mayfield amongst countless other artists and groups ranging from the 50’s-70’s. In that same basement, his dad’s four-piece R&B/soul/jazz band—which consisted of organ, drums, tenor sax, and guitar would do their weekly rehearsals and jams. “My bedtime lullabies would be me laying underneath my mom’s piano in the corner of the room and falling asleep listening to their rehearsals,” Weeden recalls.


As he grew up, he never lost his love for soul and R&B, yet his musical tastes grew diverse. He listened to artists such as The Beatles, Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, 80’s pop and rock music, David Bowie, Rush, and The Police.


During his high school years, music became all-consuming. He took up euphonium and string bass. He played in symphonic band, jazz band, string ensemble, swing choir, and pep band. In his senior year, he composed a three-part suite for orchestra and band (brass and percussion), which he eventually conducted for Senior Music Night. That was the pivotal moment when he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.


After graduation, Weeden headed to Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where he studied jazz bass performance as well as composing and arranging. 


A year and a half later Marcus moved to Arizona and started gigging. Over time, he would eventually become an in-demand sought after bassist around the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Marcus has played in groups that have opened up for: The Fixx, Third Eye Blind, Gin Blossoms, George Benson, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers.

Currently he plays with: Walt Richardson (AZ Music & Entertainment Hall of Famer), Blaine Long (Season 11 "The Voice"), Shawn Johnson, Ritmo Latino, Coal Mine Canary, Obadiah Parker (Mat Weddle).


Although he stays busy being a professional musician around Phoenix, he did however manage to make a CD of his music; his debut five-song EP, “Marcus”, is currently available for digital download on CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon.

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