The Razz and Jazz Sports Blog was launched by Marc “Razz” Rasbury and Derrel “Jazz” Johnson. Below are the biographies of Marc and Derrel.
Marc Rasbury is a true Renaissance man with a passion for photography particularly sports photojournalism. As a project manager for Safflyn, Inc., a green technology firm, he heads up the corporate newsletter in addition to his engineering responsibilities.
Being a former college basketball player and music lover, he has combined his passions and has launched a new career as a sports photojournalist. In 2006, he started Rasbury Media Enterprises, a firm that specializes in sports and entertainment photojournalism.
For the past 20 years, he has covered such events as the NBA Finals, the World Series, the U.S.T.A-U.S. Open, Championship Boxing and the NFL. He is the sports editor for the New York Beacon and Harlem Community News and has been featured in New York Trend and New York Sportscene.
He also photographed such musical icons as Patti LaBelle, George Clinton, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Chaka Khan, the Brothers Johnson, Whitney Houston, Jay-Z, Sean Combs, Biggie Smalls, Winton Marsalis, Beyonce, Mary J Blige, Phyllis Hyman, Erykah Badu, the Isley Brothers and Dizzy Gillespie just to name a few.
He has an extensive photography collection of major news events including the 1993 and 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Nelson Mandela’s visit to New York City and the 2008 Presidential Campaign.
Presently, Mr. Rasbury is the Sports Editor of the New York Beacon and the Harlem Community News. He is also a regular contributor for a number of other publications including New York Sportscene, AroundHarlem.com Harlem and New York Trend.
Some of Mr. Rasbury’s other interest include cooking, travel and reading (especially about other cultures).
Mr. Rasbury volunteers as a math and science tutor and teaches photography to youth at several New York City not-for-profit agencies. He has have also established and coached two AAU basketball teams in Harlem.
A native of Mt. Vernon, New York, he currently resides in Harlem. He is a graduate of Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Massachusettes, the nation’s oldest prep school, and Atlanta’s famed Morehouse College. But most of all he is the proud father of seven year old, Ajani-Isiah.
Derrel DeLarios Johnson is a freelance event planner who works on event planning, marketing, promotions and consulting. Derrel, along with two childhood friends, founded Trifecta Entertainment in 1997. Together, they produced a variety of events in many genres and venues, including parties, concerts, nightclubs, bars, fund raisers, art exhibits, movie screenings and premieres, poetry slams, comedy shows, and fashion shows. His professionalism and work ethic enables him to work in fast-paced, highly-pressurized environments on multiple tasks simultaneously to create the best possible end product.
Since January 2008, he has worked with countless prestigious corporate clients, including Johnson & Johnson, Ernst & Young, DRS, Novo Nordisk, Kaye Scholer LLP, and Cheil Worldwide. He has volunteered his event planning skills for The United Negro College Fund, The New York Urban League Young Professionals, and The Blue Note. He has also planned, hosted and/or promoted events attended by Diddy, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill, Kim Kardashian, Michael Strahan, Funkmaster Flex, and Sade, to name a few.
Derrel Johnson is an alumnus of New York University’s Stern School of Business and has worked for some of the world’s most prestigious financial institutions and law firms, including Goldman, Sachs, and Co., and Prudential Financial. He has worked for various political campaigns, from Ross Perot for President in 1992 to Eric Gioia for Public Advocate in 2009. Derrel is an accomplished musician, poet, and a New York City socialite.
In September 2010, Derrel and veteran sports writer and photographer Marc Rasbury launched the Razz and Jazz Sports Blog, covering the major New York teams from a fresh angle and offering well-thought- out opinions. Derrel has been a passionate Jet, Met, and Knick fan since 1983, but is a fan of the individual sports more than he is the fan of any one team. In addition to his work on RazzandJazzSports.com, you can also find Derrel’s work in the New York Beacon, The Harlem Times, on SNYNets.com, on Vibe Vixen’s blog, as well as other places. He has been an on-air personality on One Caribbean Radio Power 105.1 HD2 New York and cohosted The Chatter Box Monday through Friday from 10am-noon and also provided hourly sports updates on the Morning Sizzle from 6am-10am. You can visit the Razz and Jazz Sports Blog at