Mark Shim

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Mark Shim
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Shim performing at International Jazz Festival of Punta del Este in 2015.
Background information
Born (1973-11-21) November 21, 1973 (age 45)
Kingston, Jamaica
InstrumentsTenor saxophone

Mark Shim (born November 21, 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a jazz tenor saxophonist.


Shim's family moved from Kingston to Canada when he was eight years old, and then settled in Richmond, Virginia five years later. He started on sax in seventh grade, graduating from high school in 1991 and attending Virginia Commonwealth University and William Paterson College. In 1994 he moved to Brooklyn, where he played and recorded with Hamiett Bluiett in Harlem. He then played with Elvin Jones, Mose Allison, Betty Carter, Greg Osby, and the Mingus Big Band. Shim's debut record for Blue Note appeared in 1998, with two more following on the label in 2000.



  • Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford, 1999, p. 600.