Marsalis first EP (self titled) was released in May 2016.
Being a newer group doesn’t mean they are strangers to the music scene. Lead singer, Dennis Zender, is most known for helping establish Seattle band Truce, a group that Adam Bishop eventually joined. Together they have extensive experience writing, recording, booking, managing, etc.
Other music projects lead Adam to meet Theresa Cadondon. Their friendship and music partnership opened up more creative possibilities which led to writing different styles and playing with various artists in the Seattle area. Through multiple projects, Theresa and Adam consistently chose to play with their drummer of choice, Philthy G, who later joined Marsalis and made the band whole.
Good energy came when they started playing together. They received early recognition within the Seattle music community through multiple local radio airplay and online music blogs. In fact, since their first release Marsalis has played sold out shows packed with energy and excitement creating a new Seattle Buzz. Marsalis self titled EP was voted Album of The Year 2016 via Northwest Music Scene.
Lead Vocals, Guitars
Dennis Zender started playing and writing music at the age of 13 and continued to improve his craft using different musical groups as an outlet. Upon graduation from high school, he moved to Seattle to pursue his goal of becoming a well-rounded musician and songwriter.
His first major break came when he helped form and front the Seattle rock band Truce. The band quickly gained a grassroots following and the interest of successful local entertainment lawyer, Michael Barber. This eventually landed Truce a record deal with Sony Music. Michael Barber was known to connect bands such as Acceptance, Amber Pacific, Brandi Carlile, and Vendetta Red to popular record labels. This of course helped Truce to turn into a formidable local act.
During the ten years that Truce was playing regularly, Dennis was able to refine his abilities and gain important experience playing music with different artists from different genres. This includes Vendetta Red (Sony Music), Amber Pacific (Hopeless Records), The Classic Crime (Tooth & Nail Records), Aiden (Victory Records), One The Last Day (Victory Records), As Cities Burn (Tooth & Nail Records), Robby Morfit (Econoline Crush), Default (Capitol Records) and many more.
Marsalis offers Dennis another opportunity to write with other talented musicians and forever form his craft. “I hope to bring about a sense of honesty in my music,” says Dennis, “Never holding back and constantly re-examining my approach to the art of writing, is fundamental.”
Keys, Piano, Synth
Theresa Cadondon fell in love with the piano at a young age when she would watch her mom play music by ear. At 5 years old, she took piano lessons and composed simple songs for fun. She continued to take piano lessons until she was 15 years old and studied classical composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin.
She continued to master her skills after formal lessons, by listening to current music and composing her own renditions of the songs. At 18 years old, she was given a guitar as a birthday present and taught herself how to play. Her influences are Alicia Keys, The Roots, Brian McKnight, John Mayer, Coldplay, and John Legend.
In 2009, she was introduced to Seattle hip-hop band, Ancient Robotz, with whom she played keys and synths. Playing with Ancient Robotz is where she met her good friend Adam Bishop, who played bass in the band. Since Adam was so involved with the Seattle music scene, she was introduced to various artists which allowed her to continue developing her style.
Theresa had the pleasure to work with Owuor Arunga of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grammy Nominated Producer William Jordan, Jennifer Newberry (contestant from The Voice, aka Sweedish), Make It So, Vevo artist Rocky Sandoval, Dennis Zender, BOB-808, Johnny Gray, Sean Carson, Roderic from BET 106 & Park, & Adrian Sims.
Adam Bishop started playing the stand up bass in 5th grade orchestra, following in the footsteps of his grandfather. Without knowing it, this would lead him down the path of playing in a Jr. High jazz band which caused him to fall in love with music.
At age 18, Adam started the band Go Ahead. The pop-punk band had a very large and loyal following in the Seattle/Tacoma area with constant radio play on local college stations, KEXP, and the occasional “spin” on 107.7 The End, as well as online radio. He managed, promoted, and booked for this group for a few years and enjoyed many headlining and sold-out shows at local Seattle venues. After a very short tour through 8 states, Go Ahead ended.
Adam was approached by Truce. They asked him to join the band to play keys/synth and to help with promotion, booking, and management. Adam helped Truce get featured on the top 10 charts of Clover Park Technical College radio station. At the time, this was an awarded station featuring top 40 music by well-known accredited artists. At Truce’s height, they headlined multiple shows at larger venues, such as Showbox Market in Seattle, and played a role as ‘direct support’ for other label/touring bands in-town.
Adam has played on-stage with a multitude of artists/groups, including Go Ahead, Endless, Truce, Tysen, Last Ditch Remedy, Pris, Megasapien, Tight E Whitey (a Third Eye Blind side project), Holyfield, Moneta, Jennifer Newberry, Grammy Nominated Producer William Jordan, Make It So, Lion’s Ambition, Johnny Gray, Ancient Robotz, Adrian Sims, Roderic, Sean Carson, Rocky Sandoval, ISO Fresh, Ayron Jones, Jabrille ‘Jimmy James’ Williams, Owuor Arunga (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis), Illahee Jr. High Jazz band with Wayne Bliss, and Kentridge High School Jazz Band with Paul Harshman.
Philthy G grew up in South Texas where his love for marching percussions and the Dave Matthews Band was born. There is an obvious Carter Beaufort influence in his playing along with many different styles of music, including hip-hop, R&B, rock, funk, metal, and even a little jazz and reggae.
He has had extensive time on the road with numerous acts, which include Incura, The Turn, and Ugly Men. Philthy G has also worked with various producers including Arnold Lanni, and Garth Richardson.
Having been playing since the age of 2, Philthy G is a seasoned veteran behind the drums. He can mold himself to any style with his uncanny ability to improvise, adapt to the rhythm section, and lock the groove with his back bone, the bassist. Adam and Philthy G have played many times together over the years, which has bonded them as tighter musicians and even closer friends. With a friendship that has spanned over a decade, it made sense for Philthy G, Adam, and Dennis to finally hit the stage together along with longtime friend Theresa.