Born and raised in Washington, DC, Mark has developed into one of the premier drummers in today’s music scene. Honing his skills at Howard University under the expert tutelage of the legendary Grady Tate, as well as maintaining a strong classical background as a National Symphony Fellowship recipient, his versatility is a sought after attribute amongst the musical community both nationally and internationally.
Upon graduating from Howard University in 1995, Mark began a six-year stint with cutting-edge keyboardist Andy Milne. His time with this band served as a rewarding platform of development, being thrust into the complex, but intensely groove-driven arena of M-BASE music, a fusion of funk, jazz, astrology, mysticism, and any other pertinent influence, was a perfect match for Mark’s unique style of drumming, which draws from influences equally as vast. In this context, Mark developed a relentless sense of groove, making the most complex of rhythmic patterns danceable, a skill that he deftly applies in many different styles. During this period, Mark also toured and recorded with Carlos Ward’s Radius, Opus Akoben, Debbie Kirkland, Davey Yarborough, Alex Bugnon, and Charles Fambrough, gaining a strong reputation as an extremely versatile drummer, playing styles ranging from hip-hop and R&B to contemporary and straight-ahead jazz.
These attributes, coupled with Mark’s Classical background allowed for opportunities to work in New York’s contemporary ballet and Broadway arena. Receiving back to back calls from the Jose Limon Dance Theater, as well as Broadway and R&B Legend Jennifer Holliday, Mark’s stock was raised once again, as the greater musical community embraced his ability to function in the specialized world of show music. As yet another facet of his eclectic style is established; the calls continue to pour in more frequently from interesting and important artists all over the country.
His current work with the seminal World-Beat/R&B sensation Fertile Ground is catching fire all over the U.S., Europe and Japan. Three albums with Philadelphia-based Jazz phenom Ruth Naomi Floyd have garnered critical acclaim. And tours with smooth jazz pioneer, and piano virtuoso, Bobby Lyle all serve to solidify Mark’s potent presence amongst the international drumming community.
Mark has also begun to gain a reputation as an excellent clinician and teacher. He has lead and co-lead clinics (along with keyboardist Andy Milne) and master classes in the U.S., Canada, and South America. In addition to his teaching endeavors abroad, Mark frequently gives back to the community that supported his development, by giving lectures and demonstrations to students in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia Public School Systems, further punctuating his versatility, as well as his commitment to sharing the gift of music.
Performed / Recorded with:
Ronnie Laws, Steve Coleman, Andy Milne, Charles Fambrough, Alex Bugnon, Terence Blanchard, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Ralph Peterson, Gary Grainger, David Gilmore, Steve Wilson, , Federico Pena, Opus Akoben, Carlos Ward, David Fiuczynski, Tyrone Brown, Geri Allen, Wallace Roney, Talib Kibwe, Matthew Garrison, , James Williams, James Weidman, Essiet Okun Essiet, Ravi Coltrane, Gary Thomas, Ruth Naomi Floyd, Bruce Cockburn, Julian Joseph, The Jazzyfatnastees, Greg Phillanganes, Billy Childs, Gregoire Maret, Donald Harrison, Jay Hoggard, Marty Ehrlich, Jennifer Holliday, Nestor Torres, John Blake, Fertile Ground, James Newton, Lonnie Plaxico, Don Braden, Rodney Jones, Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard, Chuck Redd, Tom Schuman, Bobby Lyle, Sergio Brandao, Peaches and Herb, Jean Carne, Melba Moore, Norman Connors
DC Jazz Legends, Comcast Cable feature — 2004
Star Jamz, TVOne Network w/Ruben Studdard — 2004
Cully Jazz Festival, European simulcast, w/Andy Milne — 2001
Live at the Knitting Factory, BET Jazz Network, w/Carlos Ward — 2001
Good Day Dallas, Fox (Dallas), w/Andy Milne — 1998
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Chip Shelton & Peacetime
May16-17, 2008, Fri/Sat, 9 & 11pm
Twins Jazz Restaurant
1344 U St. NW
Washington, DC, Tel 202/ 234-0072
Chip Shelton- Flute, Sax, Vocal, Perc.
Lou Volpe- Guitar
Marcus McLaurine- Bass
Jon Davis- Organ, Piano
Sylvia Cuenca- Drums
2007 Winner of a Soul-PatrolAward for #7Best Jazz Release, and celebrating his 8th CD, “Imbued With Memories”, Chip Shelton’s Soulful Band, Peacetime, returns to Washington, DC.
Chip Shelton info: www.chipshelton.com
CD Release info: www. Summitrecords.com
Electronic Press Kit: www.sonicbids.com/chipshelton
Twinsjazz info: www.twinsjazz.com
PR: RL Grant Group, Inc.
More Info: www.soul-patrol.com/
Hey Mark - Hit w/ you once at the 13th floor in Baltimore w/ Jimmy Wilson, George Hazelrigg et. al. Saw you with Fertile G at the 8x10 a couple yrs ago - love your groove.
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
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