Welcome

Thanks for visiting! I'm a songwriter, pianist, and guitarist, and I play throughout Southside Virginia as a soloist and with various groups. My main project now is Feng Sway, with Laurabella Owens, Andy Aeschbacher, and Paul Robleto. We play originals and jazz standards.  I like all kinds of music, but my own stuff tends to be Jazz and Pop oriented, with a little bit of Folk and New Age influences in the mix.

Upcoming and Recent Shows

  • January 2, 2015: Market on Main in Lynchburg.  With Feng Sway.
  • December 27, 2014: Uptown Coffee in Farmville.  With Feng Sway.
  • November 28, 2014: Charley's Waterfront Cafe in Farmville.  With Feng Sway.
  • October 24, 2014: Charley's Waterfront Cafe in Farmville.  With Feng Sway.
  • August 16, 2014: Music on the Lawn at Virginia University of Lynchburg.  With my band Feng Sway.
  • July 26, 2014: Charley's Waterfront Cafe in Farmville.  With Feng Sway.
  • June 27, 2014: The White Hart Cafe, Lynchburg.  With Feng Sway.
  • June 10, 2014: The Fishin' Pig, Farmville.  With the Brian Graham Band.
  • June 6, 2014: Borrowed Space Gallery, Farmville.  Solo.
  • June 3, 2014: Open house for Realliving Cornerstone, Farmville.  Solo.
  • May 21, 2014: Open house for Realliving Cornerstone, Farmville.  Solo.
  • May 2, 2014: Borrowed Space Gallery, Farmville.  Solo.
  • April 13, 2014: The White Hart Cafe, Lynchburg.  With Feng Sway.
  • April 4, 2014: Borrowed Space Gallery, Farmville.  Solo.
  • March 16, 2014: The White Hart Cafe, Lynchburg.  With Feng Sway.
  • March 7, 2014: Borrowed Space Gallery, Farmville.  Solo
  • February 7, 2014: Borrowed Space Gallery, Farmville.  Solo.
  • February 2, 2014: Virginia Children's Book Festival.  Farmville.  Solo.
  • December 13, 2013: Borrowed Space Gallery, Farmville.  Solo.
  • November 1, 2013: Robin Alexander Bistro, Lynchburg.  With Feng Sway.
  • July 18, 2013: Main Street Music Series, Farmville.  With Feng Sway.

mp3's

Here are some sample MP3's of a few of my tunes and arrangements. All songs are written and performed by me, unless otherwise indicated. Note: All my tunes and performances are © 2004-2014 by Marcus Pendergrass. They are here as samples, for your listening pleasure. Please do not redistrubute or otherwise use them without my permission. Thanks be unto you!

Walkout  (6:57)
An original, with my old band Hep Kat, honoring the courage and conviction of Barbara Johns and the students at the Moton School in Farmville, Virginia, who helped start the modern Civil Rights movement way back in 1951. That's Brenda Barringer Jarrett on vocals, Rick Neller on trumpet, Danny Short on bass, and Jeff Clements on drums.

Where Or When  (2:54)
The great Rogers & Hart standard, in an arrangement by yours truly.

Hobbit Moon (3:16)
A new original.  Middle Earth is an inspiring place.

Hobbit Moon (alternate version) (2:32)
Some Hobbits may actually prefer this version.

Leigh's Lullaby (3:20)
A jazz ballad, dedicated to my wife.

OctoKat (3:10)
Inspired by the late great Horace Silver.

Easy (4:04)
Music for your dreamy place.

Incantation (3:08)
A new original, with lyrics and vocals by the inimitable Laurabella Owens. Also with good friends Paul Robleto on drums and Bob Floor Jr. on guitar.

Alice In Wonderland (2:14)
The Hilliard-Fain standard, one of my favorites.

Kingsfoil (3:14)
Another original inspired by Middle-Earth.

Elephant Walk (3:50)
A loud rock tune of mine, with some space-age video game sounds at the end.

Won't You? (5:42)
Another original, with lyrics by Laura Owens. That's her on vocals as well, with Scott Walters on trumpet and Malcolm Dendtler on Latin percussion.

Little Softshoe (2:38)
For my good friend Andy.

I Love You (3:05)
A little harmonica, anyone?

And I Love Her (3:56)
The great Beatles tune.
  
Easy To Love (Cole Porter) (3:56)
The great Cole Porter standard.

So Far (6:28)
A meditative tune, with guitar and synth pad accompanimant.

East Of The Sun (Brooks Bowman) (3:13)
The Brooks Bowman standard, covered by just about everyone it seems. This performance is by the Laurabella Jazz Ensemble, with me on keys.

Asphodel (1:57)
The asphodel is the flower of Hades, and the dead. This isn't Goth, though...

Lament (4:51)
An experiment in writing a piece entirely for strings. Lacking funds to hire an orchestra, I played the parts on my Kurzweil PC88 keyboard.

Take My Hand (2:33)
More fun playing lots of different sounds on my keyboard.

New Blue (Morning Song) (4:50)
An experiment in adapting modern jazz type changes to a pop balled.

Wishing Well (1:41)
A piece in the style of piano-bar jazz. Played on my Roland Fantom X8. Nice piano sound, huh?

Tijuana Special (3:43)
Yet more fun playing lots of sounds on the keyboard