What's Hot with Jazz Guitar: Mark Whitfield

by Doc Dosco

This week we feature jazz guitar phenom Mark Whitfield.

Online Bio

Mark Whitfield graduated from Boston's prestigious Berklee College of
Music in 1987 where he studied composition, arranging, film scoring and
conducting as well as all styles of guitar performance. Later on that
year, he returned to his native New York, and immediately began his
professional career. Within a few months, he had begun to perform and
record with many well-known artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy
Smith, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey, Jack McDuff, Betty
Carter, Carmen McCrae, Dianne Reeves, Joe Williams, Cleo Laine, Wynton
Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Stanley Turrentine,
Clark Terry and many more.

As a result of the popularity awarded gained while amassing this
impressive resume, Whitfield was dubbed "The Best Young Guitarist In The
Business", by The New York Times. In September of 1990, Warner Brothers
Records released Whitfield's debut solo recording, "The Marksman" to
widespread critical acclaim and impressive sales. In the decade to
follow Whitfield released two subsequent recordings for Warner Brothers,
five for Polygram's Verve Label, and two for Herbie Hancock's ground
breaking label, Transparent Music. Along the way, Whitfield's musical
interests began to expand, taking him out of the realm of traditional
jazz and into collaborations with popular music superstars like
D'Angelo, Mary J. Blige, Take 6, The Roots, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau,
George Benson, B.B. King, Ashford and Simpson and the great Quincy
Jones. Mark's music has also found its way into the world of television
and feature film. These projects include twelve episodes of the ABC
television series "Moon Over Miami", performing with Wynton Marsalis on
the soundtrack for the film "Tune In Tomorrow", starring Peter Falk, and
for one season of NBC Television's "Shannon's Deal", performing the
soundtrack and making cameo appearances with Harry Belafonte and
Jennifer Jason Leigh in the Robert Altman film "Kansas City" and
performing with Terence Blanchard on the soundtrack for the HBO film
"The Soul of the Game". In addition, a Whitfield original composition
entitled "The Blues From Way Back" ,taken from his cd "The Marksman",
aappears on the soundtrack for the feature film "One Night Stand"
starring Nastassia Kinski, Wesley Snipes and Robert Downey Jr.

Mark Whitfield's website:

Doc Dosco is a jazz guitarist, composer and audio consultant living in
Los Angeles, CA. His website is located at http://www.docdosco.com ,
where you can find more information on the 'What's Hot with Jazz Guitar'
columns, audio clips of Doc's playing, and many additional features. Doc
endorses Heritage Guitars and is a featured artist on their website.
He also endorses the new Pignose Valve Tube Amps -- great for jazz (and anything else!

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Doc, Mark is truly a world class musician that deserves all of the respect that he is due. He has a new project out that is playing all over the globe called "G-Fire II". True to form Mark shows of not only his virtuostic guitar skills, but his maturity as a composer & arranger. The current single "LFO" on the "G-Fire II" CD by Mark has taken off all over the world, but "Angel" is also a winner ! If you are going to do an article Doc on one of jazz's premier guitar talents, you have to stay up to date wih the artist's projects, so that your readers can get the latest information on his career.

"G-Fire II" featuring Mark Whitfield is available for sale at all major online retailers, and is available for download at I-Tunes !

Yeah fix it it says New Tork Times

What's he been doing since then?

hey, I'll check out the website, thanks...


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