Mark Whitfield

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Mark Whitfield
Mark Whitfield.jpg
Newport Jazz Festival, 2006
Background information
Birth nameMark Adrian Whitfield
Born(1966-10-06)October 6, 1966
Lindenhurst, New York, U.S.
GenresJazz, soul jazz
LabelsWarner Bros., Verve

Mark Whitfield (born October 6, 1966) is an American jazz guitarist.

Life and career[edit]

Whitfield was born in Lindenhurst, New York. He is probably better known for his recordings as bandleader for both the Verve and Warner Bros. Records record labels. He has worked with Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, Courtney Pine and Nicholas Payton, Chris Botti, among others.[1]

In 2000, Whitfield released an instructional guitar video titled Mark Whitfield: Star Licks Master Sessions,[2] for Star Licks Productions.

On December 21, 2012 Mark played live with the Dave Matthews Band on two of their songs, "Mercy" and "Crash Into Me", at a concert at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York. He recently also reprised his accompaniment on two occasions during the 2013 summer tour again with "Mercy" (June 8, 2013; Hartford, CT) and with "If Only" and "Crash Into Me" (July 13, 2013; Hershey, PA).

In 2017, he shot a series of videos entitled "Mark Whitfield: Land The Gig" for where he teaches students how to play jazz guitar.[3]


Studio Albums[edit]

  • The Marksman (Warner Bros., 1990)
  • Patrice (Warner Bros., 1991)
  • Mark Whitfield (Warner Bros., 1993)
  • True Blue (Verve/Polygram, 1994)
  • 7th Ave. Stroll (Verve/Polygram, 1995)
  • Forever Love (Verve/Polygram, 1997)
  • Take the Ride (Universal, 1999)
  • Mark Whitfield Featuring Panther (Dirty Soap, 2005)
  • Songs of Wonder (Marksman Productions, 2009)
  • Grace (Marksman Productions, 2016)

Live Albums[edit]

  • Raw (Transparent, 2000)
  • Live and Uncut (Chesky, 2017)



  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Mark Whitfield Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
  2. ^ "Showtimes, reviews, trailers, news and more - MSN Movies".
  3. ^ Media, ALH. "Mark Whitfield: Land the Gig! -TAGA Publishing's Online Course". Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  4. ^