Mark Mondesir

Immersed in music before birth but discovered the drums at 12 years old by fluke. Took it seriously at 16. Largely self taught by listening to records & tapes & watching drummers. After years of playing more groove orientated music(Prog Rock, Funk & Fusion) I focused on learning about Jazz after attending the Weekend Arts Centre Workshops run by Ian Carr. This is where I met Julian Joseph, who in turn, introduced me to Courtney Pine, Steve Williamson etc. We would meet after the workshop to conduct our own jam sessions honing our “jazz chops.” This led to playing jams at the Atlantic pub in Brixton with courtney at a time when the media started to pay attention to him

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