Mark Small

Mark Small is a saxophonist/woodwind player/composer who currently splits his time between New York City and Miami. After studying in his home state of Connecticut and attending the New England Conservatory in Boston, he moved to NY where he quickly began working in numerous facets of the New York's diverse jazz scene. He currently performs with his own band as well as having performed as a sideman for bands such as the Village Vanguard Orchestra and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society (featured on his Grammy nominated debut record) at such notable clubs as the Blue Note, 55 bar, Village Vanguard, and the Jazz Gallery.

Mark's newly released recording, One Day, features his original compositions for his trio. This recording features Matt Brewer on Bass and Damion Reid on drums. Mark can also be heard on recordings such as his co-lead band with saxophonist Walter Smith III, “Bronze.” Released in 2008 (Fresh Sounds/New Talent label) this album features Matt Stevens on guitar, Alan Hampton and Chris Van Voorst Van Beest on Bass, and Bill Campbell on drums. Mark is featured as a sideman playing on a number of recordings including Darcy James Argue’s debut “Infernal Machines”, Martin Bejerano’s “Potential Energy”, Chris Klaxton’s “Star Code”, Kendal Moore’s “Focus”, as well as the soundtrack for award winning comedian Louie C.K.'s show “Louie” and the award winning short film entitled “The Drummer” by Bill Block. On these and other recordings, you can find Mark composing and arranging as well as playing alto, tenor, soprano sax and clarinet. Rounding out his abilities on the saxophone, he has also been seen performing in the broadway musical “Chicago” on baritone, tenor, and soprano sax as well as bass clarinet.

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Location

Miami

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Have taught at: MDC Wolfson Campus New World School for the Arts University of Miami Sacred Heart University CAP (Coral Gables) JECC (Coral Gables) Piano School of New York Private studio (over 20 yrs experience)

Clinic/Workshop Information

I present a number of different clinics: Teaching group improvisation for all ensembles. This workshop teaches students to conduct other students using gestures that guide the group in creating cohesive free improvisations

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Albums

Ontology

Sony Music
2021

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One Day

Self Produced
2020

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Open Ended

CD Baby
2012

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