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Mark Egan
Mark-Egan
Background information
Born Brockton, Massachusetts
Occupation jazz

bass guitarist and trumpeter

Associated acts

The Pat Metheny Group

Arcadia

musician

Mark Egan (Born 1951 in Brockton, Massachusetts) is an American jazz bass guitarist and trumpeter, perhaps best-known for his work with The Pat Metheny Group from 1977 to 1980.

Biography Edit

Egan has three platinum and three gold albums to his credit, and has recorded with Sting, Arcadia, Roger Daltrey and Joan Osborne, among others; performed with the Gil Evans Orchestra, Marianne Faithfull, David Sanborn, John McLaughlin and Sophie B. Hawkins, and has played on the soundtracks to such movies and television shows as Aladdin, The Color of Money, A Chorus Line, NBC Sports, ABC's All My Children, "CNN/Headline News" and numerous television commercials. Mark continues to tour and record worldwide with his his group as well as Elements, Bill Evans, Larry Coryell and various other artists.

Influences Edit

Influenced by his father, Egan first studied trumpet at age 10. He played the trumpet throughout high school, and switched to bass when he was 15. While attending the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, he studied with jazz educator Jerry Coker. While in Miami he also became friends and performed with Jaco Pastorius, Ira Sullivan, Pat Metheny, Danny Gottlieb, Clifford Carter and many other inspirational players. Mark moved to New York in 1976 and continues to be active in the New York music scene.

Albums Edit

Egan has released six albums as a leader. One of the most recent, As We Speak, features guitarist John Abercrombie and drummer and former Pat Metheny Group mate Danny Gottlieb. With Elements, the group that he co-leads with Danny Gottlieb, he has released 10 recordings. He has also created three music videos: "Om Yoga & Meditation," "Music on the Edge," and "Bass Workshop," a bass instructional video. He has appeared on the soundtracks of movies including Two Moon Junction, Object of My Affection, You've Got Mail and The Color of Money. Egan is also featured on drummer Ken Serio's 2007 release Live... In The Moment. He recorded an album, Urge, with trumpeter Forrest Buchtel, Jr., featuring, among other things, the theme from CNN Headline News.

Arcadia Edit

Mark contributed to Arcadia's only album So Red the Rose released in 1985, performing on the tracks "Lady Ice" and "El Diablo".

Discography Edit

As a leader: Edit

  • Mosaic
  • Touch of Light
  • Beyond Words
  • Freedom Town
  • As We Speak
  • Beyond Words

With Elements: Edit

  • Elements
  • Elements Forward Motion
  • Illumination
  • Liberal Arts
  • Spirit River
  • Blown Away
  • Far East Volume 1
  • Far East Volume 2
  • Untold Stories
  • Wouldn't It Be Nice-Tribute to Brian Wilson

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