This could sound like an AA meeting soon...
Hello my name is... and I am a professional musician...
Mark Griffith, professional musician (who happens to play the drums.)
I live in Northern NJ-NYC metro, I was "musically" raised right outside of Philly, and I just finished the 20th year of my career.
Gigs include(d) international, domestic and regional touring; and recordings with:
Jazz- Trumpeters Ted Curson, John Swana, Jack Walrath, Matthew Stewart of Streetlight Manifesto; Guitarists David Gilmore, Eric Johnson, Kevin Eubanks; Saxophonists Rene McLean, Steve Wilson, Bob Ackerman, Joe Lovano, Gary Thomas; Trombonists Grachan Moncur III, Frank Lacy; Bassists Gerald Veasley, Rufus Reid, Mike Richmond, Calvin Hill, Gary Mazzaropi, Kenny Davis, Duane Burno; Singers Etta Jones, Pam Purvis, Sarah James; Organists Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, Bill Jolly; Pianists John DiMartino, John Hicks, Betty Liste......
Rock, Funk, Blues, Singer Songwriter: Dave Gardner, Tom Giliam, Kate Vereau, Bobby Rydell, Hubert Sumlin, Bands: Magic Red and the Voodoo Tribe, Vampires of Vaudeville, Moose and the Bulletproof Blues Band, Stone Flower, Fast Clare...
Recordings: Mark Griffith "Drumatic," Kate Vereau "Into Midnight," Dave Gardner "Feel This Way," Bob Ackerman "A La Mode," "And Now I Can See The Crows Mating In The Mist," Vampires of Vaudeville "S/T," Magic Red "Fire and Soul," "87 Humboldt Street."
DVD: Steve Smith asked me to write the accompanying books for his DVD's: "Jazz Legacy: Standing On The Shoulders of Greatness," and "The Sound of Playing with Brushes" with Adam Nussbaum, Steve Smith, Joe Morello, Charlie Persip, Billy Hart, Eddie Locke, Ben Riley.
My writings have appeared in: Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes, Batteur, UK's Rhythm! Stick It! And I have written CD liner notes for well know drummers including Steve Smith, Vince Ector, and Yoron Israel.
Endorsements: Paiste, Vic Firth, Remo.
Career Advice? In the words of the GREAT professional musician David Baker:
Â· Keep music central to your life;
Â· Never stop practicing;
Â· Listen closely not only to the music, but to the people around you;
Â· Focus on the big picture;
Â· Be inclusive and generous of spirit;
Â· Proclaim your passions;
Â· Devotedly pass your knowledge on to the next generations;
Â· Readily offer encouragement;
Â· Maintain a sense of humor under all circumstances;
Â· Never stop being creative, never retire;
Â· Give thanks for each and every day.
Edited by nomsgmusic, 30 March 2016 - 02:08 AM.