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The son of a drummer who played with Benny Goodman, in the 1940's, Mark Colby began his professional career at age 14 in Miami, playing with Tony Bennett, Sonny and Cher, Peggy Lee and Sammy Davis, Jr. He was, for many years, the youngest guy on the bandstand. In college, he recorded with Dr. John, Wilson Pickett, Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones, and the Bee Gees. After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies, he joined Maynard Ferguson's NYC band, and then with Bob James, becoming of member of the “James Gang.” Mark signed to Columbia Records, beginning his solo recording career. Mark has played and toured with such varied luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Jaco Pastorius, Mose Allison, Joe Williams and Charlie Haden. He has been releasing solo albums since the 90's in addition to his ensemble recordings. SPEAKING OF STAN, a tribute to Stan Getz, was released in 2006 and went to #3 on the jazz radio charts. This fall, released his 2nd recording on his RCI label titled “All Or Nothing At All”.
Mark Colby's performance is sponsored but he University of Louisville Jamey Abersold Jazz Studies Program, and is part of its International Jazz Series in partnership with the Clifton Center.
January 27, 2017