Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield ( born October 6, 1966 in Syosset, New York) is an American guitarist of the hard bop and soul-jazz.

Life and work

Mark Whitfield graduated in 1987 his studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he had studied guitar, composition and arrangement. His professional career began in the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner; He also worked with Art Blakey, Jack McDuff, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Dianne Reeves, Joe Williams, Terence Blanchard, Stanley Turrentine and Clark Terry.

In September 1990, was released by Warner Brothers Records released his first solo album "The Marksman ", followed by two more albums for Warner Brothers and five for the Verve label, and two for Herbie Hancock Label Transparent Music. Mark Whitfield was known primarily through the recordings, which he recorded for Verve, the label under his own name; In 1994, the album True Blue, in which the guitarist Kenny Kirkland, Rodney Whitaker, Jeff Tain Watts, Branford Marsalis and Nicholas Payton was accompanied. In 1995 7th Ave. Stroll with Tommy Flanagan, Dave Holland, Christian McBride and Al Foster, 1996 Album Forever Love, in which the singer Diana Krall participated. Furthermore, Mark Whitfield worked with Courtney Pine, Ernie Watts ( The Long Road Home, 1996) and Nicholas Payton ( From This Moment, 1995).

In addition, the guitarist worked as a session musician with artists and bands such as Mary J. Blige, Take 6, The Roots, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, George Benson, BB King, Ashford and Simpson, and with Quincy Jones for record productions together.

Mark Whitfield also worked for television and film projects, as for the TV series " Moon over Miami " with Wynton Marsalis on the soundtrack for the film "Tune In Tomorrow"; He also had a cameo appearance in Robert Altman's "Kansas City". With Terence Blanchard, he worked on the soundtrack for the film " The Soul of the Game". His composition "The Blues From Way Back " (from the album "The Marksman " ) found in the soundtrack of the movie " One Night Stand" with Nastassja Kinski use.

Literature / Sources

  • Richard Cook & Brian Morton. The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD 6th edition. ISBN 0-14-051521-6

Links / sources

  • Website
  • Mark Whitfield at All Music Guide
  • Biographical Notes on Jazz on Granby
  • Jazz guitarist
  • Fusion musicians
  • Film composer
  • American musician
  • Born in 1966
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