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Mark Taylor

Born: May 22, 1961    Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Mark Taylor

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...
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”Mark Taylor is a virtuoso instrumentalist...there is no one dealing with the french horn or the music the way he is.” - Max Roach

”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

As a Leader

At What Age
Artist Recording Collective
2011
Personnel: Lalo: Vibraphone, Keith Witty: Bass, Gerald Cleaver: Drums

Circle Squared
Taymons Music
2003
Personnel: Myra Melford: Piano, Brad Jones: Bass, Matt Wilson: Drums.

QuietLand
Mapleshade Records
1997
Personnel: Myra Melford: Piano, Fred Hopkins: Bass, Warren Smith: Percussion, Steve Wilson/Steve Berrios: Drums, Bourque Simmons: Voice.
As A Side Musician

Woodblock Prints
Harris Eisenstadt
NoBusiness Records
2010

Garabatos, Vol. 1
Positive Catastrophe
Cuneiform Records
2009

Guewel
Harris Eisenstadt
Clean Feed
2008

Holly Cole
Holly Cole
Alert Records
2007

Word
Jessica Jones Quartet
New Artists
2008

Nod
Jessica Jones
New Artists
2004

Pragmatic Optimism
Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble
360 Music
2006

Natural Cultural Forces
Warren Smith
Engine
2008

Race Cards
Warren Smith
FreedomArts Records
2004

Book of the Storm
Rob Reddy’s Small Town
ReddyMusic
2008

A Hundred Jumping Devils
Rob Reddy’s Gift Horse
ReddyMusic
2007

Too Much Sugar For A Dime
Henry Threadgill Very Very Circus
Axiom
1993

Carry the Day
Henry Threadgill Very Very Circus
Columbia
1994

Makin’ A Move
Henry Threadgill Very Very Circus
Columbia
1995

Live at Koncepts
Henry Threadgill Very Very Circus
Taylor Made
1991

Brand New Bag
Ebony Brass Quintet
Mapleshade Records
1995

While You Were Out
Orange Then Blue
GM Records
1992

Blu Blu Blu
Muhal Richard Abrams
Black Saint
1990

Jumpin’ In The Future
Gunther Schuller
GM Records
1988

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Primary Instrument:
Composer/conductor

Location:
New York, NY

Credentials/Background:
I 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

Modified Paxman Model 40 Descant Horn
Marcinkiewicz "Mark Taylor Artist Model" mouthpiece (endorsing artist)
Yamaha M203 "Marching" Mellophone w/IYM "Larry Kerchener" mouthpiece
ProTec cases (endorsing artist)

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