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 Mark’s 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 Master’s 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 1999’s contest with his piece “India,” one of many of his compositions that appears on Blues By 5.

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