Mark Small is a saxophonist/woodwind player/composer who resides in New York City. After studying in his home state of Connecticut and attending the New England Conservatory in Boston, he moved to NY where he quickly began working in numerous facets of the New York’s diverse jazz scene.
Since living in NY, Mark began touring with Warner Bros. recording artist Michael Buble. His work with Michael had taken him on 3 world tours playing most major theaters and then followed by most major arenas in the US, UK, Australia and Europe. He has performed is over 35 countries and on numerous television programs including “SNL”, the “Today Show”, “Letterman Show”, “Late night with Jay Leno”, “Ellen”, “The Parkinson Show” (UK), “Junos” (Canada), and the “Logies” (Autralia). Mark was a featured soloist on both saxophone and clarinet for the Grammy award winning DVD “Michael Buble meets Madison Square Garden” as well as a live performance for PBS, (which went on to become a Grammy nominated DVD, entitled “Caught in the Act”) . His work for Michael has included arranging and re-orchestration as well as performing on saxophones and clarinet.
Now based back in NYC fulltime, he performs with his own band and as a sideman for bands such as the Village Vanguard Orchestra and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society at such notable clubs as the Blue Note, 55 bar,Village Vanguard, and the Jazz Gallery. He continues to teach privately which he has done for over 15 years.
Mark is co-leader, along with saxophonist Walter Smith III, of the group “Bronze” which saw the release of their first self-titled recording in 2008 (Fresh Sounds/New Talent label) featuring Matt Stevens on guitar, Alan Hampton and Chris Van Voorst Van Beest on Bass, and Bill Campbell on drums. Mark is also featured as a sideman playing on a number of recordings including Jason Goldman’s “Definitive Standard”, Michael Feurstein’s “Mainframe”, Damon Grant’s “Sonidos Nuevos”, Spanish pianist Jon Urruti’s upcoming release and the soundtrack for the short film entitled “The Drummer” by Bill Block. On these and other recordings, Mark’s duties have include composing and arranging as well as playing alto, tenor, soprano sax and clarinet. Rounding out his abilities on the saxophone, he can also be seen performing in the broadway musical “Chicago” on baritone, tenor, and soprano sax as well as bass clarinet.
In addition to his performance schedule, Mark is an active educator. He has taught in numerous situations while keeping a roster of private students for the past 16 years. Teaching jazz band/applied lessons/music appreciation at Sacred Heart University, instrumental music methods at Johnson Elementary in Bethel, CT., to woodwind instructor as well as clinician/jazz adjudicator for the award winning program at Norwalk High, CT. As a multi-instrumentalist performer, he has also taught saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano, trumpet, and drums at various skill levels. His students have gone on to attend top notch music schools such as The New School and William Patterson.