Mark Mondesir

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Mark Mondesir (born 12 December 1964) is an English jazz drummer, based in Europe.[1] He was featured on the front cover of Rhythm magazine in April 1997, with the caption "The Greatest Drummer In The World?"[2] His brother, Michael, is a bass guitarist.[3]

Early life[edit]

Mondesir was born in Stepney, London, on 12 December 1964.[3] He started playing drums his school at the age of 12 after winning a mini coordination test.[citation needed] He was almost entirely self-taught.[citation needed]


Mondesir began his career in earnest in 1984 as part of fusion pioneer Ian Carr's London-based Weekend Arts Center workshops.[citation needed] He worked with Courtney Pine between 1985 and 1989 and recorded with Kevin Eubanks in 1991.[3] In the 1990s he accompanied musicians who were visiting the UK; these included Art Farmer, Hermeto Pascoal and John Scofield.[3] He played with Pee Wee Ellis' Assembly in 1996.[3] In the 1990s and early 2000s he was part of bands led by pianist Julian Joseph.[3]

He was part of guitarist John McLaughlin's 4th Dimension Band for their To the One album, which was recorded in 2009.[4] The band was also featured on the Live @ Belgrade DVD from 2008.[5] Mondesir left the band in 2010.[6]


  • 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



  1. ^ Julian Joseph Trio,; accessed 6 February 2018.
  2. ^ RHYTHM - MARK MONDESIR - April 1997;; accessed 6 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Chilton, John (2004). Who's Who of British Jazz (2nd ed.). Bloomsbury. pp. 250–251.
  4. ^ Micallef, Ken (June 2010). "Gratitude for Coltrane". DownBeat. p. 13.
  5. ^ Myers, Mitch (October 2010). "John McLaughlin: & the 4th Dimension Live @ Belgrade". DownBeat. p. 62.
  6. ^ Milkowski, Bill (January 2013). "John McLaughlin: Echoes from Then". DownBeat. p. 30.
  7. ^ "Mark Mondesir". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 November 2018.