Dr. Mark Lomax, II

Instrument: Drums | Location: Columbus

Lomax is the rare drummer who leaves you wanting more, leading his band mates through a strikingly terse, brilliantly counter-intuitive and ultimately joyous series of explorations.
—Lucid Culture

Updated: January 29, 2019

Born: January 23, 1979

Critically acclaimed recording artist Dr. Mark Lomax, II has spent a lifetime in music. His father a pastor and mother, a composer of gospel music, introduced him to both gospel and jazz at an early age and he continued his study of gospel music with Dr. Raymond Wise, founder of the Center for the Gospel Arts. Besides performing with gospel choirs around the country, Lomax also boasts impressive jazz credentials. He toured with the Delfeayo Marsalis Sextet in 2005, and has worked with Clark Terry, Marlon Jordan, Azar Lawrence, Bennie Maupin, Billy Harper, Nicholas Payton, Ellis Marsalis, and Wessel Anderson, among others. Jazz Times says Lomax’s “forceful drumming would have made Elvin Jones proud.” Dr. Lomax holds a Doctor of Music Arts degree in composition from The Ohio State University. His myriad experiences have allowed him to create a wonderful blend of styles in his music. Whether he’s interpreting the Negro Spiritual through jazz, arranging gospel music for a symphony orchestra, or performing his original works, his music is relevant, probing, and inspiring. With his latest releases Blues People & The Art of Sound, Lomax synthesizes all his previous experiences, in gospel music, jazz, and classical music into a powerful personal concept. “It has never been about one or the other when it comes to human experience,” Lomax says. “It is always about the whole, the ability to celebrate our differences while building upon our similarities.”

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“Each of the seven movements of Lomax’s [Blues People] composition flowed seamlessly into the next, resulting in a continuous hour of powerful music.” - Jazz Columbus

“...a whole new paradigm for jazz drums that will leave you wrapped in on every beat.” - Improvijazzation

“(The State of Black America) is an impressively conceived and executed piece of work from the drummer-leader, one in which the gravitas of the title is adequately matched by the depth of both the composing and improvising of the trio.”- Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise Magazine (UK),

“This is a kind of playing that jazz would indeed be wise never to outgrow.” —Jeff Simon, Buffalo News

“I can't think of any other album..

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Dr. Lomax is excited to uplift and edutain your students and community on a number of topics including: Black Composers, Jazz as Social Commentary, Black Music & Black Power in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter, and Talking Drums. Below are a few options that combine concert presentations with lecture/master class styled interactions. More information at: https://marklomaxii.com/presentations

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