Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Griffith, Mark, drummer, educator, author; b. Pitman, NJ, 17 February 1970. He was born a "drumsticks throw" from Philadelphia PA, but after attending William Paterson College (in NJ), Mark now resides in Northern NJ. He is busy playing with the New York based world beat jazz big band, The Spirit Of Life Ensemble, as well as with many of jazz's contemporary leaders including Ted Curson, Don Braden, Eric Johnson, and Nat Simpkins. He also tours regularly with blues artist Magic Red and The Voodoo Tribe ". He has played with everybody from Metropolitan opera legend Licia Albanese, to Vanilla Fudge bandleader and founder Vince Martell.
In addition to the performing, Griffith is a respected educator, and featured writer and historian for Modern Drummer, Stick It, and Batteur. Mark has also written extensive liner notes for many of his fellow drummers own recordings, including those by Steve Smith, Yoron Israel, and Vince Ector.
He is finishing work on a book that is an all inclusive, and exhaustive history of the Evolution of Jazz and Fusion Drumming. Mark Griffith is an active clinician and proudly endorses Paiste Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, and Vic Firth Sticks.
Magic Red and The Voodoo Tribe: Fire and Soul; Bob Ackerman: A La Mode; Kate Vereau: Into Midnight; Eric Johnson: Christmas recording
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