Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Mark has performed with Gerry Mulligan, Jaco Pastorius, Frank Sinatra, Maynard Ferguson, Bob James, Charlie Haden and Mose Allison. He is a first call studio musician, and has played on over 2,000 commercials in the competitive Chicago market. He has been a jazz faculty member at DePaul University since 1983, as well as Elmhurst College. Currently, he is performing as a guest soloist and clinician/ adjudicator at high schools and colleges throughout the United States representing the Selmer Company.
I've been listenting to Mark Colby for twenty years, and I've seen him grow into a master of the saxophone and master of the music he plays. ~Stan Getz
Mark was a great asset to our event, providing incisive comments and excellent clinic work. He has an uncanny ability to lock in with both youngsters and adults. ~Dr. John Harding, Director of Jazz Studies University of North Carolina
A brilliant saxophone soloist in the virtuoso range. ~John Wilson, The New York Times