Mark Mondesir (born 12 December 1964) is an English jazz drummer, based in Europe. He was featured on the front cover of Rhythm magazine in April 1997, with the caption "The Greatest Drummer In The World?" His brother, Michael, is a bass guitarist.
Mondesir was born in Stepney, London, on 12 December 1964. He started playing drums his school at the age of 12 after winning a mini coordination test. He was almost entirely self-taught.
Mondesir began his career in earnest in 1984 as part of fusion pioneer Ian Carr's London-based Weekend Arts Center workshops. He worked with Courtney Pine between 1985 and 1989 and recorded with Kevin Eubanks in 1991. In the 1990s he accompanied musicians who were visiting the UK; these included Art Farmer, Hermeto Pascoal and John Scofield. He played with Pee Wee Ellis' Assembly in 1996. In the 1990s and early 2000s he was part of bands led by pianist Julian Joseph.
He was part of guitarist John McLaughlin's 4th Dimension Band for their To the One album, which was recorded in 2009. The band was also featured on the Live @ Belgrade DVD from 2008. Mondesir left the band in 2010.
- 2012 Back in the Day NDR Bigband Drums
- 2011 Abstract Logix Live: The New Universe Music Festival 2010 Drums
- 2010 To the One John McLaughlin Drums, Percussion
- 2009 Live @ Belgrade John McLaughlin Drums
- 2008 Discover: Jean-Michel Pilc Jean-Michel Pilc Drums, Main Personnel
- 2008 French Piano Masters Live Jean-Michel Pilc Drums
- 2007 New Dreams Jean-Michel Pilc Drums
- 2006 Industrial Zen John McLaughlin Drums
- 2006 East to South David Jean-Baptiste Drums
- 2005 Live at Iridium, New York Jean-Michel Pilc Drums, Main Personnel
- 2004 Nonsequence Mike Gibbs Drums
- 2004 Woman's World [EMI] Drums
- 2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Red, White & Blues Drums
- 2000 The Nature Suite David Jean-Baptiste Drums
- 1999 Fire Within Don Braden Drums
- 1999 See You There Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson Drums
- 1997 The Rough and the Smooth Outside Drums
- 1996 Life I Want Jean Toussaint Drums
- 1995 The Promise John McLaughlin Drums, Featured Artist
- 1994 Reality Julian Joseph Drums
- 1993 Silvershine Andy Hamilton & The Blue Notes Drums
- 1993 Spirit Talk Kevin Eubanks Drums
- 1992 Enja 20th Anniversary Sampler Unknown Contributor Role
- 1992 To the Eyes of Creation Courtney Pine Drums
- 1992 Turning Point Kevin Eubanks Drums
- 1992 What Goes Around Jean Toussaint Drums
- 1991 Beyond the Groove: Contemporary Jazz on The Move Drums
- 1991 Hot Stuff Barbara Dennerlein Drums, Guest Artist
- 1990 The Vision's Tale Courtney Pine Key Grip, Unknown Contributor Role
- 1988 Destiny's Song Courtney Pine Drums
- 1986 Journey to the Urge Within Courtney Pine Drums
- Julian Joseph Trio, julianjoseph.com; accessed 6 February 2018.
- RHYTHM - MARK MONDESIR - April 1997; ebay.co.uk; accessed 6 February 2018.
- Chilton, John (2004). Who's Who of British Jazz (2nd ed.). Bloomsbury. pp. 250–251.
- Micallef, Ken (June 2010). "Gratitude for Coltrane". DownBeat. p. 13.
- Myers, Mitch (October 2010). "John McLaughlin: & the 4th Dimension Live @ Belgrade". DownBeat. p. 62.
- Milkowski, Bill (January 2013). "John McLaughlin: Echoes from Then". DownBeat. p. 30.
- "Mark Mondesir". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 November 2018.