Sponsored by Jazz 4 Prostate Cancer Awareness, Mark Gross is an accomplished Saxophonist and Educator. His consistent professional musicianship has led to live and recorded efforts with many of his fellow pacesetters in jazz music. Mark has toured the world with the Mark Gross Quartet, Buster Williams ‘Something More’ Quartet, Delfeayo Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Philip Harper, Nat Adderley, Dave Holland, Mulgrew Miller, Nicholas Payton, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, John Lee, Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Tom Harrell Big Band, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Frank Foster and the Loud Minority, Charles Mingus Big Band, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Harrison, Mark Whitfield, Joe Dukes, Captain Jack McDuff, Joe Chambers, Neal Smith, Cyrus Chestnut, Regina Carter, Lionel Hampton, Stephon Harris, Walter Booker, Jimmy Cobb, Don Braden, Vincent Gardner, Lenora ‘Zenzalai’ Helm, Marlon Saunders, SEPIA, Jann Parker to name a few. His professional relationships with these musicians and others have been long-lasting and far-reaching.
Mark has performed on Broadway several times, as well. He performed in ‘FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE’ (19921993) based on the music of Louis Jordan. ‘KAT AND THE KINGS’ (1999-2000). This musical explores the joyous sounds that were born out of oppression during the 1950’s in Cape Town, South Africa; APARTHEID. This was a rollicking rock ‘n roll musical. Mark has also added to the exciting musical that showcased music of the same title, ‘SWING’ (2000-2001). Mark has also appeared in ‘Malcolm X’ (1992), Spike Lee’s major motion film. Mark was the lead alto saxophonist with the Jazz at Lincoln All Stars in the Broadway musical ‘AFTER MIDNIGHT’ (2013-2014). Mark Gross was featured in Season 4 of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ (2013); and appeared in the film ‘ANNIE’ (2014).
Jazz House Kids of Montclair, NJ. For 20 years, JAZZ HOUSE KIDS has brought award-winning programming that engages and excites students, promotes harmony and collaboration and builds musicianship. The JAZZ HOUSE welcomes instrumental and vocal students of all levels, ages 12 to 18, from beginners to pre-professionals headed to the nation’s stop college music programs.