The year 1998 birthed a new sound out of the spirit of Kansas City jazz. The Grand Marquis, then a quartet, consisted of Carl “Slim” Hanson (guitar & lead vocals), Bryan Redmond (saxophones), Andy Dondzila (upright bass), and Lisa McKenzie (drums). The initial sound was a healthy mix of late 1940's/early 1950's rhythm & blues, rockabilly and hot jazz styles that served as a jumping off point for their original music. 1999 brought the addition of bassist and longtime friend, Ben Ruth, adding the raw, driving force that helped cultivate and develop the sound.
The Grand Marquis continue to shine as one of the hardest working bands in the region; carrying on the tradition, making their own brand of jumpin’ blues and hot swinging jazz. Ever ubiquitous in the Kansas City music scene, the Grand Marquis are finding themselves in demand around the Midwest and Midsouth as an innovative, versatile and thoroughly entertaining band. The future is indeed bright!