Marc Enkin’s dynamic career as a multi-instrumentalist, performer, arranger, producer, and music teacher began more than twenty years ago at Berklee College, Boston, the premier jazz education institution in the U.S. He continued his training at York University in Toronto, completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in music. At York he studied piano with Frank Falco and composition with David Mott and Srul Irving Glick.
In the late 80’s Marc’s career took another turn as he became the bass player for the Sly Dogs, a blues band that played regularly at Toronto’s most popular clubs. The group was profiled in a CBC-TV documentary titled Shades of Blue. In ’91 he became the bass player for Hot Dam featuring vocalist Maryem Hassan, and he co-produced Hot Dam’s debut CD titled the Song’s the Thing. Marc teamed up with author Chris Gudgeon, and together they wrote a number of comedy songs that were aired on CBC radio’s Basic Black Show.
In the late 90’s Marc formed a jazz band called Horizon, featuring jazz vocalist Rebecca Enkin and Toronto Symphony Orchestra musicians Dave Longenecker (bass), Bill Cross (trombone), and Rob Carli (saxophone). Throughout the 90’s Marc was manager of The Village Studio, a recording studio in Toronto’s Bloor West Village where he produced and recorded demos for singers, songwriters, jazz bands, and classical ensembles.
Marc also produced educational recordings for Prentice-Hall Canada (Canadian Stories) and Oxford University Press Canada (The ESL Songbook), the latter including ten of his own musical compositions, written and performed by him, Eleanor Adamowski and Rebecca Enkin. These recordings have been used in schools and colleges across Canada.
In 2001 Marc released an independent jazz-rock CD titled Escapades — original compositions featuring saxophonist Jonathon Kroeker, bassist Maurey Lefoy, guitarist Kevin Vineau, and drummers Mark Mariash and Jeff Macpherson. His CD was introduced at Hugh’s Room, one of Toronto’s most popular music and dining venues.
Marc’s latest release, In the Doghouse, includes comedy songs with a country twist, featuring guitarist Marc Ganetakos.
Today Marc’s Jazz Trio performs regularly at clubs, private functions and corporate events, and he especially enjoys performing with his spouse, jazz vocalist Rebecca Enkin. To book Marc, please see www.EnkinEntertainment.com.
As one of Toronto’s most popular teachers of guitar, bass, voice, and piano from his studio in Bloor West Village, Marc gets a thrill from teaching new musicians and to starting them on the road to a lifelong love of music.