Duke Ellington Orchestra, Delfeayo Marsalis Sexet, Buster Williams Quartet, Dave Holland Big Band, Charles Mingus Dynasty, Charles Mingus Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band
Mark Gross swings and sings with soul and rhythm along today\'s jazz vanguard. He constantly pushes the music forward, while staying true to the elements of the classic sound. Mark Gross has recorded on over 40 notable jazz recording, including 2 GRAMMY winning projects by the Dave Holland Big Band - \'What Goes Around\' on ECM Records, and \'Overtime\' on Dare 2 Records. Mark has recorded 3 cd\'s under his own name to date.
Preach Daddy on King Records, Riddle of the Sphinx on J Curve Records and Blackside on (JLP) Jazz Legacy Productions.
His consistently professional musicianship has led to live and recorded efforts with many of his fellow pacesetters in jazz music. Mark has toured the world with the Mark Gross Quartet, Philip Harper, Nat Adderley, Dave Holland, Mulgrew Miller, Nicholas Payton, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band, Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Tom Harrell Big Band, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Frank Foster and the Loud Minority, Charles Mingus Big Band, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Harrison, Mark Whitfield, Joe Dukes, Captain Jack McDuff, Joe Chambers, Neal Smith, Cyrus Chestnut, Regina Carter, Lionel Hampton, Stephon Harris, Walter Booker, Jimmy Cobb, Don Braden, Vincent Gardner, Lenora \'Zenzalai\' Helm, Marlon Saunders, SEPIA, Jann Parker to name a few. His professional relationships with these musicians and others have been long lasting and far-reaching.
Mark has performed on Broadway several times, as well. He performed in \'FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE\' (1992-1993) based on the music of Louis Jordan. \'KAT AND THE KINGS\' (1999-2000). This musical explores the joyous sounds that were born out of oppression during the 1950\'s in Cape Town, South Africa; APARTHEID. This is a rollicking rock-\'n\'-roll musical. Mark has also added to the exciting musical that showcased music of the same title, \'SWING\' (2000-2001). Mark has also appeared in \'Malcolm X\' (1992), Spike Lee\'s major motion film.
Mark credits his prolific sound to the rich appreciation for Gospel music that resounded through his parent\'s Baltimore home. Mark\'s father was the Pastor of his hometown church Mt. Zion C.O.G.I.C. up until his passing February 1, 2007. After developing his interests in classical music at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Mark studied one semester at Howard University and four years at Berklee College of Music. Mark has been consistently creating distinctive music Berklee College of Music awarded him a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance. Two of Berklee\'s best professors, Joe Viola and Bill Pierce, help fine tune Mark\'s musicianship. Upon his graduation in 1988, Mark Gross began his professional musical caravan in JAZZ.
Mark Gross plays the Yanagisawa 9933 silversonic alto saxophone, Yanagisawa 9930 silversonic soprano saxophone, and uses VANDOREN reeds and mouthpieces exclusively
as a leader: Mark Gross - Preach Daddy - King Records, KICJ 321 Mark Gross - Riddle of the Sphinx - J Curve Records, JCR 1011 Mark Gross - Blackside - Jazz Legacy Productions, JLP 1201019
Selected discography as a sideman: Yoichi Kobayashi - Good Fellas - King Records KICJ 101 Spirit of Life Ensemble - Inspirations - Rise Up Productions/Zazou Records Delfeayo Marsalis - Pontius Pilate\'s Decision - Novus/BMG 63134 - 2 Yoichi Kobayashi - Good Fellas 2 - King Records KICJ 115 Antonio Hart - For Cannonball and Woody - Novus/BMG 63162 - 2 Spirit of Life Ensemble - Feel The Spirit - Rise Up Productions Derrick Shezbie - Spodie\'s Back - Qwest/Reprise 9 45299 - 2 Spirit of Life Ensemble - Live! at the Five Spot - Rise Up Productions Philip Harper - The Thirteenth Moon - Muse 5520 SEPIA - Absence of Pain - Potazul COCY - 80282 Shingo Okudaira - Kilfi - King Records KICJ 252 Delfeayo Marsalis - Musashi - King Records KICJ 286 Antonio Hart - Here I Stand - Impulse IMPD - 208 Ted Curson - Travelin\' On - King Records KICJ 289 Duke Ellington Orchestra - Only God Can Make A Tree MusicMasters 01612 - 65117 - 2 Shingo Okudaira - Maconde - King Records KICJ 292 Gene Gardener - Coming Out - Gene & Shoko Records Masahiko Osaka - Walkin\' Down Lexington King Records KICJ 351 Lenora Zenzalai Helm - Spirit Child - J Curve Records JCR1005 Tom Harrell - Time\'s Mirror - RCA/Victor 09026-63524-2 Dave Holland Big Band - What Goes Around - ECM 1777 014002-2 Jann Parker - Voicings - 1JP286 Dave Holland Big Band - Overtime - Dare2 Records The Jimmy Heath Big Band - Turn Up the Heath - Planet Arts 100560 Marlon Saunders - A Groove So Deep (the live sessions) - Black Honey Records Gregory Generet - (re) generet-ion - Monsieur Music Records Vincent Gardner - Three-Five - SteepleChase - SCCD 31671 Tobias Gebb & Unit 7 - free at last - yummy house records Oleg Butman - Passion - Butman Music Joris Teepe Big Band - We Take No Prisoners - Challenge Records - CR73284 Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band - I\'m BeBoppin Too - Half Note records - HN4540