Toby Lee Marshall
Toby Lee Marshall is a Minneapolis/St. Paul based Hammond Organist and keyboard player. For the past 20+ years, Toby has been highly sought after for both live performance, and session recording.
At the age of 19, Toby was touring with Chicago Bluesman, Lonnie Brooks and his son Ronnie Baker Brooks. After returning to the Twin Cities, Toby continued to play and record with many local Twin Cities artists, including Joe Juliano, Mary Cutrufello, Big John Dickerson & Blue Chamber, and Paul Mayasich & The Benderheads to name a few.
In 2010, Toby teamed up with Bernard Allison – son of legendary Blues guitarist, Luther Allison. As part of Allison’s dynamic rhythm section, Toby toured Europe extensively and was featured on Allison’s 2010 release, “Live at the Jazzhaus”. Toby took a hiatus from music in 2012 to focus his energy on his growing, young family.
In 2017, Toby Lee Marshall made his return to music. As the result of an impromptu jam/recording session, Toby ended up joining forces with famed guitarist, Greg Koch and his son, Dylan Koch to form the Koch Marshall Trio. The Trio’s first album release “Toby Arrives” was released in September of 2017. In addition to the new trio, Toby was invited to become an official Hammond artist. He is featured in numerous videos, demonstrating the SKX, and Hammond XK-5.
During the Covid-19 era, Toby was busy with remote-recording sessions, as well as bi-weekly live internet shows with his bandmates in The Koch-Marshall Trio. Toby began his own project known as “OCTOCOPTER”, with Twin Cities based drummer, Andy Boterman. The self-titled release was recorded by Toby, at his studio in Minneapolis, Studio Cenote`.
In 2021 The Koch Marshall Trio released it’s second record “From the Up`Nuh”, but the band waited to tour, as new variants of the Covid virus were wreaking havoc on many other artists tour schedules.
In July of 2022 the KMT hit the road relentlessly. Touring from New York, to L.A. and everywhere in between.
The trio released two albums in the spring of 2023. “Orange Roominations”, and “Sweet Gristle” of which the latter was recorded live at Sweetwater Studios in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Toby continues to tour with The Koch-Marshall trio and plans to release his second album with Octocopter in 2024.