Born: May 22, 1961
Mark Taylor was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1961, started playing piano at age six, singing in the Chattanooga Boy’s Choir at seven and took up the clarinet at nine, later switching to bass clarinet, then French horn as a teenager. Intent on a career in orchestral and studio playing, Mark studied music at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he was introduced to jazz and to the music of Julius Watkins. He then transferred to the jazz and studio music program, studying with jazz education pioneer Jerry Coker and graduating in 1986. After graduate studies with Dave Holland and George Russell at New England Conservatory in Boston, Mark moved to New York where he has performed and recorded with an array of modern giants and released two CDs as a leader, QuietLand on Mapleshade Records and Circle Squared on his own Taymons Music label...
The French horn is a notoriously finicky beast to master in a fast-paced improv setting which is probably why not many players have made their mark with the instrument. Add Mark Taylor's name to the list of the chosen few. - - Time Out New York
Mark Taylor’s quartet certainly is unlike any other performing in today’s jazz scene. - Don Williamson, JazzReview.com
LocationNew York, NY
Credentials/BackgroundI work with Horn players of all levels with a special emphasis on those interested in improvisation and jazz. I also work with beginning and intermediate theory, arranging and composition students.
Contact me for availability. Rates: $65/hour