Marcus Cohen & The Congress have been described as a "A velvet freight train of passion". The music is powerful, hyper-sensual, seductive, yet sonically arresting. Its dripped in "soul", encased with sweet caramel melodies, and tantalizing harmonies. The grooves are deep and rich like dark cacao. Marcus Cohen--trumpeter/composer based in San Francisco Ca. assembled The Congress nearly 2 years ago. Destined to reintroduce the depth in music, love, community, as well as expounding on the the re-emergence of "soul music", Marcus Cohen &The Congress have been winning the hearts and ears of every listener. Members include: Misha Khalikulov - cello (www.aprilfishes.com) John Omayga Adams - drums Jayme Arredondo - drums Mark Allen-Piccolo - bass Raul Perales - bass Valerie Troutt - vox (www.valerietroutt.com) Tiffany Austin - vox Crystal Hall - vox (www.crystalmoneehall.com) Daniel Riera - flute/ewi (www.danielrieramusic.com) Tony Peebles - tenor sax Rafa Postel - trumpet Anthony Blea - violin MicBlake - emcee Alexei - spoken word Several artists in The Congress are noted and recognized for their own personal projects... Marcus Cohen and The Congress say, "We create in the spirit of artists such as MarvinGaye, Billie Holliday, Al Green, Miles Davis, Curtis Mayfield, and Stevie Wonder to name a few. We pay homage to the music of the past, and we are dedicated to our role as contributors to the music of the future. Join us, or better yet, congregate with us. We are The Congress. "
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