The Mark Rapp Group has played sold out shows at the Blue Note (NY), Joe's Pub, Yoshi's (San Fran) and such venues as the JVC Newport Jazz Festival, Dizzy's at Jazz Lincoln Center, JazzTime Festival (Croatia), Jazzland (Vienna), Jazz Standard (New York) and more. Mark was named a top emerging trumpeter by Downbeat Magazine, featured on a Travel Channel documentary and has played with Branford Marsalis to Hootie and the Blowfish and most recently recorded with Don Braden and Gerald Clayton. His critically acclaimed debut CD Token Tales is being played around the globe.
There's a new breed of young trumpeters coming down the road. These new young lions have studied the playing and music of bop and hard bop masters such as Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and Kenny Dorham, among others. Having looked at the innovations of forward- thinkers like Don Cherry, Lester Bowie and Dave Douglas, the young firebrands have also not neglected the funk, jazz-rock, soul and fusion of artists like Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock. The resultant music they create melds and brings together the radio music of their youth with the history of their horn to find fresh ways to approach and fashion a style of playing more oriented toward groove without losing modern approaches to upper chordal harmonic structures so prevalent in the jazz music of the late 20th century. Perhaps one of the best examples of the direction being taken by this new breed is played by Mark Rapp.
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You should put some time aside and keep your own close
watch and listen to what Rapp is doing. - Walter Kolosky,
Jazz.com, December 18, 2008
“I think you can uphold jazz ideals, be true to the music
and yet still bring the greater public onboard with it,”
says jazz trumpet player Mark Rapp who perhaps more than
anyone else among today’s trumpeters is breaking down the
age old paradigms as to how the trumpet ought to be played
in a jazz environment. - Joe Montague, Jazz Writer
This After-Hours set [Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola], with a hot,
emerging trio, Mark Rapp on trumpet and didgeridoo (must be
seen to be believed)..., plus tonight's special guest, the
famed trombonist, Wycliffe Gordon, was a serendipitous and
sensational musical adventure.
Willing to teach
Focusing on not getting in your own way of making music. Getting free of fear
and worry and play in the moment.