Mark Haskins

Mark Haskins

Instrument: Guitar | Location: Durban

Mark Haskins is one of the most innovative jazz guitarists of this century. He defies the norm.

Updated: January 18, 2020

Born: April 16, 1959

Music in the Haskins' household was as much a second language as English or Spanish is to another. Mark Haskins’ late father was a violinist and his sister a music teacher. So there was always a tune coming from some part of the house. Mark's room though, was flooded with the likes of Miles Davis and Wes Montgomery. Imagine a seven-year- old, tackling the likes of “Footprints” and “Born to Be Blue”, on the piano. Mark did just that, as his lessons started at an early age, only moving onto the drums a decade later. Five years later, he switched to the guitar. Many thought he'd jump right into music after high school, but he went to University and graduated with a master’s degree focused on electronic engineering and computer science.

Soon after that was obtained, he switched gears and went on to further his music studies, (jazz) at the Trinity College of Music in London. It was there that he took that childhood love of the greats, and channeled them, as he grew into his own, modern day Jazz artist. Now an artist with almost four decades of experience behind him, he's built up an impressive resume of accomplishments. From playing around the world, touring with countless artists, to being on the bill of major Jazz festivals, to being featured on BBC - he's done it all and then some. He has also worked as a session musician, in London, Ireland, France, America and Australia with some of the very best artists in the world. He has always remained in the background, backing and producing other artists.

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