The following are excerpts taken from an interview by Lyle Robinson for jazzguitarlife.com.
Mark Mosley is a working jazz guitarist out of Baltimore who shares with us his experiences from the early days to what he is doing presently to ensure his jazz guitar status keeps on. An enjoyable read!
JazzGuitarLife.com Interview with Mark Mosley: This interview was conducted via email November, 2004.
JGL: At what age did you first get into guitar playing and were you interested in jazz from the beginning or were there other musical interests before jazz?
MM: At age 11, other musical interests included learning how to play a convincing blues by copying B.B. King and listening to cats like Jimmy Reed, Elmore James and others through my dad.
JGL: What was the motivating experience to get you involved in this particular music and instrument?
MM: A trip in high school as a stage band member to the Montreux Jazz Festival exposed me to real cats like Oscar Peterson, Roland Kirk, David Fathead Newman, Les McCann, and others. Most of the school cats would rather talk about Maynard Ferguson,Bill Chase,and Don Ellis.
JGL: What kind, if any, formal training do you have (ie: lessons, schooling, that sort of thing). And how did these experiences help you get where you are today?
MM: As a one year music major at Towson University I had to take the normal ear training, Harmony, etc. Then I left to join the Army Band Field, more of the same formal training ensued. However, I would go on leave to NYC to go hear cats like Woody Shaw and Joe Farrell. I was smitten enough to shed for up to 10 or more hours a day, and not necessarily in an efficient manner, on a weekend around Army duties and they didn't warn me about like CQ duties. Just holding the guitar I believed helped to connect my soul with it too! I'm sure all this helped make me a determined artist to be.