Mark Haskins is a Jazz Guitarist/Producer from Cape Town South Africa.
Music in the Haskins' household was as much a second language as English or Spanish is to another. Mark
Haskins’ late father was a violinist and his sister a music teacher. So there was always a tune coming from some
part of the house. Mark's room though was flooded with the likes of Miles Davis and Wes Montgomery. Imagine
a seven-year- old tackling the likes of “Footprints” and “Born to Be Blue” on the piano. Mark did just that as his
lessons started at an early age, only moving onto the drums a decade later. Five years later he switched to the
guitar. Many thought he'd jump right into
music after high school, but he went to University and graduated with a master’s degree focused on electronic
engineering and computer science.
Soon after that was obtained he switched gears and went on to further his music studies (jazz) at the Trinity
College of Music in London. It was there that he took that childhood love of the greats and channeled them as
he grew into his own modern day Jazz artist. Now an artist with almost four decades of experience behind him,
he's built up an impressive resume of accomplishments. From playing around the world touring with countless
artists to being on the bill of major Jazz festivals to being featured on BBC - he's done it all and then some. He
has also worked as a session musician in London, Ireland, France, America and Australia with some of the very
best artists in the world. He has always remained in the background, backing and producing other artists.
For years fans and critics alike have appreciated what Mark Haskins brings to the genre of Jazz. Whether it is his
unorthodox compositions in songs like “African Heartbeat” or the more personal tracks he's released recently in
honor of his late wife such as “Nightride” and “The Echoes of Your Heartbeat.”
The passing of his late wife prompted Mark to return to his home in South Africa. He established his own record
company; MIH Music Publishers. Now he is focused on releasing his fifth studio album, "Changes". He plans on
following Changes up with more new music before the year is done - all before he packs his
bags and heads to Japan for a November string of shows. Mark has stepped out of the background straight onto
the world stage where he belongs. A true maestro.
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2018-02-21
Passion is something that some would argue is ingrained in us from those around us. That could very well be the truth when speaking about Mark Haskins and music.
by the sounds of Wes Montgomery and Miles Davis at the tender age of seven, Mark became a pint-sized piano man. Encouraged by his late father who was a violinist, Mark
went on to study music at the Trinity College of Music in London. In the almost 40 years he's been making music he's toured the world, played major Jazz festivals and been
featured on BBC. After his wife passed Mark returned home to South Africa and established his own record company, MIH Music Publishers. 2018 holds a lot for the Jazz
player as he has a new album, Changes, dropping in March - as well as two more before he heads to Japan for a tour in November.
He quotes; "Jazz is a way of life and I would certainly not change it for anything or anyone. Music is Happiness So, Let it Play... Play... Play".