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Mark Rapp

Trumpeter Mark Rapp also doubles on the didgeridoo. He was raised in South Carolina and, although he played trumpet in his high school concert and jazz bands, he did not truly discover jazz until hearing a Louis Armstrong recording when he was 19. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Winthrop University. After meeting Wynton Marsalis, Rapp studied with Ellis Marsalis at the University of New Orleans, where he earned a Masters in Jazz. He composed a two-hour jazz suite, “A Soul’s Journey,” that was presented at a couple of concerts. He worked at local festivals in addition to visiting Europe a few times. Rapp was part of the funk group the Flavor Kings and a modern jazz group that he helped form, Quintology. He also performed with the New World Funk Ensemble and recorded with that ensemble and Quintology. In addition, he worked with Terence Blanchard when Blanchard was recording his Jazz in Film CD. Rapp has since moved to New York, where he has mostly performed his own originals and arrangements with his trio and quartet at many venues. He has used such illustrious sidemen as Wycliffe Gordon, Seamus Blake, John Ellis, Walter Blanding, Jr., Marcus Strickland, Josh Roseman, Wayne Escoffery and Wess Anderson. Rapp has worked with Darius Rucker (with whom he toured), Branford Marsalis, Hootie and the Blowfish, Edwin McCain and Sister Hazel. He has also composed for independent films and freelanced as a session player. Rapp generally appears each Friday night at New York City’s Carnegie Club. Mark Rapp has played sold out shows at the Blue Note (NY), Joe’s Pub, Yoshi’s (San Fran) and such venues as the JVC Newport JazzFestival, Dizzy’s at Jazz Lincoln Center, JazzTime Festival (Croatia), Jazzland (Vienna), Jazz Standard and more. Mark was named a “top emerging trumpeter” by Downbeat Magazine, and is featured on a Travel Channel documentary. His critically acclaimed debut CD Token Tales is being played around the globe.