Mark Gross

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Mark Gross in 2014

Mark Gross (born February 20, 1966) is a Baltimore-born jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop tradition. He studied at the Berklee College of Music, graduating in 1988, then worked in the band of Lionel Hampton and performed in Five Guys Named Moe on Broadway. He has since worked with a variety of other artists, including the bands of Delfeayo Marsalis, Nat Adderley and the Dave Holland Big Band. Gross first recorded as a solo act with 1997's Preach Daddy,[1], followed in 2000 by The Riddle of the Sphinx,[2] in 2013 with "Blackside",[3] and most recently Mark Gross with Strings (2018).


Two-time Grammy award winner with the Dave Holland Big Band, Gross has recorded on over 40 jazz recordings, including Grammy-winning projects by the Dave Holland Big Band - 'What Goes Around' on ECM Records,[4] and 'Overtime' on Dare 2 Records.

Gross has released four albums under his own name including Preach Daddy on King Records, Riddle of the Sphinx on J Curve Records and Blackside on Jazz Legacy Productions (JLP).

Gross has toured the world with the Mark Gross Quartet, Buster Williams, Philip Harper, Nat Adderley, Dave Holland, Mulgrew Miller, Nicholas Payton, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band, 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 and Jann Parker among others.

Gross has performed on Broadway several times, including Five Guys Named Moe (1992-1993) based on the music of Louis Jordan, and Kat and the Kings (1999-2000), based on music born out of oppression during the 1950s in Cape Town, South Africa; as well as 'Swing!' (2000-2001).

Early life[edit]

Gross credits his sound to the appreciation for gospel music that resounded through his parents' Baltimore home.[5] Gross' father was pastor of his hometown church Mt. Zion C.O.G.I.C. up until his death February 1, 2007. After developing his interests in classical music at the Baltimore School for the Arts,[6] Gross studied one semester at Howard University and four years at Berklee College of Music. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance at Berklee College of Music, where he studied under professors Joe Viola and Bill Pierce. Upon graduation in 1988, Gross began his professional music career in Jazz.


  1. ^ "Preach Daddy".
  2. ^ Santella, Jim (June 1, 2000). "Mark Gross: Riddle Of The Sphinx". Retrieved 2011-08-09.
  3. ^ Moten, Frank (February 5, 2013). "Mark Gross: Blackside". Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  4. ^ Eyles, John (November 20, 2002). "The long awaited debut from bassist extraordinaire Dave Holland's big band, featuring." Retrieved 2011-08-09.
  5. ^ Himes, Geoffrey (July 21, 2004). "Sax and the City". The City Paper. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  6. ^ Himes, Geoffrey (July 21, 2004). "Sax and the City". The City Paper. Retrieved March 13, 2008.

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