RIZA PRINTUP (Jazz harpist, composer and arranger), has always had a special place in her heart for education. In addition to performing and/or recording with notables (such as husband Marcus Printup, Paquito D'Rivera, Kenny Werner, the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma, Lady Gaga and Kathleen Battle), she continues her work as an Educator (PreK and up). Ms. Printup was Director of Early Childhood Music and Orchestra at The Greater Atlanta Christian School, Director of Strings at the Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts and WeBop Instructor at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Her passion for education has taken her to author her and her husband's first children's book, Theodore and Hazel and the Bird, released April of 2016.
Ms. Printup pursued her undergraduate studies at the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, IN under the instruction of Distinguished Professor of Harp, Susan McDonald. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Music from Columbia College, Chicago, IL where she continued exploring studies in Jazz. She pursued her Master of Music from Georgia State University's School of Music under the tutelage of Elisabeth Remy Johnson. Other instructors include Dominique Piana, Linda Wood, Beverly Wesner-Hoehn, Deborah Henson-Conant, Stella Castellucci and Distinguished Professor of Jazz, David Baker.
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MARCUS PRINTUP is an acclaimed jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and highly sought out educator.
Born and raised in Conyers, Georgia, his first musical experiences came from hearing the fiery gospel music his parents sang in church. He would later discover jazz as a senior in high school.
Marcus attended Georgia State University, then transferred to the University of North Florida on a music scholarship. It was during his studies at UNF that he competed and won the prestigious International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet Competition.
In 1991, Mr. Printup's life would change when he met his mentor and friend-to-be, the incomparable pianist Marcus Roberts. Mr. Roberts introduced him to world renowned trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis which led to the invitation to join the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra in 1993. Marcus has been a member ever since.
Mr. Printup has performed and/or recorded with Betty Carter (he was inducted into Ms. Carter's inagrual Jazz Ahead class in 1993), Dianne Reeves, Eric Reed, Cyrus Chestnut, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Roberts among many others.
Mr. Printup has led multiple recordings as the featured artist on several major record labels:
Nagel Heyer Records: The New Boogaloo
Mr. Printup continues to be in demand as a facilitator/educator for masterclasses and clinics ranging from Middle and High Schools to Universities nationally and abroad. He is an educator for Jazz @ Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington competition and an adjunct faculty member at the New School in Manhattan.
In 2005, a proclamation was granted to Mr. Printup declaring August 22nd Marcus Printup Day in his home town of Conyers, GA.
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Together, the Printups created RiMarcable Publications through which they have published arrangements for big band and jazz combo along with their children's book. They also released their first jazz single for children, The Bird’s Song.