Mark has studied drums with world
famous drum innovator Johnny Vidacovich, and master
Brazilian stylist Ricky Sebastian. He is first call
for some of New Orleans best gigs, including
Astral Project and the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars.
The combination of Marks New Orleans sense of
swing and groove, along with his polyrhythmic concepts,
make his time solid, his accompaniment supportive
and interactive, and his soloing dynamic and melodic.
In May of 1999, Mark received his Masters Degree
in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans,
where he also was a graduate assistant and Music Theory
instructor. He also is a winner of the Ernest Swenson
competition, having won 1999s contest with his
piece India, one of many of his compositions
that appears on Blues By 5.
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