Marcellus Shepard

Host, In the Groove and Program Director/Music Director

Marcellus “The Bassman” Shepard has been an on-air radio personality for the last 21 years, working in commercial and public radio. He is well-known for his distinctive deep voice which he uses for his afternoon drive shift, In the Groove, on WEAA and as co-host of the nationally syndicated Cool Jazz Countdown, which can be heard in 19 markets across the country and Sirius XM. Marcellus is also the Program Director/Music Director of WEAA.

In addition to radio, you can occasionally catch Marcellus on the big screen as well, as acting has been a love of his for years. He starred in several independent films including Hip Hop Task Force, Lorenzo & Monica-L.A.F.S., and Bachelorette's Degree.

Marcellus is committed to serving his community. In 2003 he and his wife, DeShawn, the former Mrs. Maryland International 2006, founded Project Goodwill to provide lunches, toiletries, and sleeping bags to men and women living on the streets and in shelters in both D.C. and Maryland. Marcellus and DeShawn have been married for 18 years and live in Laurel, Md., with their three boys.

Ways to Connect

So here it is, yet another week with my desk looking like the equivalent of the New York City skyline, filled with CDs. I pull a few titles out that are priorities on my list and commence to listening. First up is the latest recording of legendary trumpeter and flugelhornist Eddie Henderson. 

Jonathan Butler discusses his latest Mack Avenue Records release, Living My Dream.

January, 2015

Ben Tankard’s Full Tank

November, 2014

Jonathan Butler’s Living My Dream 

Jazz Master of the Month

January, 2015

Saxophonist Billy Harper, aka “The Black Saint,” was born in Houston on January 17, 1943. He was already singing in spiritual ensembles at age five and formed his first Billy Harper Quintet in his last years of high school, He went on to graduate cum laude from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Music degree.