Mark was Born in Arkansas, but saw a lot of the world because his
parents were career military. When he was old enough, Mark followed the
military career path into the U.S. Army from which he eventually retired,
then served in a reserve capacity for a number of years. Mark began playing
guitar when he was 11, first learning to emulate the playing of BB King.
Later he played in school bands and was part of R&B and Jazz bands. Through
the support of his family members Mark kept faith with his music, which has
evolved into a mellow, smooth and characteristic sound for him.
He has performed with many musical greats. He toured with Lou Donaldson
and recalls performing at the Village Vanguard NYC with Lou Donaldson and
Dr. Lonnie Smith. Mark has also shared the stage with Gary Bartz,
Keter Betts, and many others.
Mark has been a band leader for several years, which also includes while
living as a civilian in the Heidleburg Germany region. Some of the major
venues performed in as a band leader in the DC and Baltimore area are Blues
Alley, Montpelier Arts Center, Twins Jazz, Md. Public TV, WJZ-TV ch. 13
(Baltimore), WPFW 89.3 FM radio interviews/airplay, and various book and
24k Music Network show
WELCOME TO THE WORLD featuring MARK MOSLEY
CD Review Featured in Jazz Improv
Mosley is an excellent guitarist with a clear tone, a harmonically advanced
style and a swinging approach. Born in Arkansas, along the way he has worked
with Lou Donaldson, Gary Bartz, Keter Betts and Dr. Lonnie Smith in addition
to his own groups. Mosley’s tone and style at various times is reminiscent
of Pat Martino, Russell Malone, Kenny Burrell and others in the modern
straight ahead idiom. He builds up his solos logically, takes some chances,
and yet always sounds relaxed and confident, even at faster tempos."
~ Scott Yanow - jazzreview.com
Local Guitarist Preps New CD’s Release with Upcoming Performance
"Since his initial
release, Mosley has received praise from numerous music critics. His latest
album is a collection of smooth jazz pieces complete with new renditions of
Anita Baker’s “Sweet Love” and Errol Garner’s jazz standard “Misty.” For
this project, Mosley called on a collection of talented artists including
bassist Stanley Banks, pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs and drummer Buddy
~ Afro Staff - AANIC - African-American News &
Mark Mosley & Band (Mid Atlantic Jazz Fest) performing "Sweet Love"