Mark Boling is a jazz guitarist, teacher, composer, author and collaborator with drummer Keith Brown and bassist Rusty Holloway in the Boling, Brown, & Holloway trio. He has also performed and recorded with pianist Donald Brown, the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, and South African saxophonist Zim Ngqawana.
Evidence (MaBO Music 2000), Boling's first recording as a leader, documents the Boling, Brown and Holloway (BBH) trio in a set of ten jazz standards and two original tunes. Evidence was featured as an outstanding recording by a southern artist on the syndicated Jazz South radio program in 2002. The BBH trio is augmented by Carlos Fernandez (percussion), Donald Brown (piano), and Zim Ngqawana (saxophone) on Tune Me (MaBO Music 2004).
Boling is author of Creative Comping Concepts for Jazz Guitar (Mel Bay), The Jazz Theory Workbook (Advance Music), Elements of the Jazz Language software (CPP/Belwin), and Curriculum for Aural Training software. He has been a Senior Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Center International Jazz Workshop, a visiting artist at the Brubeck Institute and has taught at the Berklee College of Music summer guitar program. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1981) and a Masters in Music Theory from the University of Tennessee (1984). Mark Boling is an Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of the University of Tennessee Jazz Program.