Mark Sherman

After nearly 30 years of recording, composing, and performing with countless orchestras, jazz artists, and vocal artists, vibraphonist /composer Mark Sherman is a Yamaha performing artist, Vic Firth artist, and a Winner of Rising Star Vibes 2007, 2008, and 2009 in Down Beat magazine critics poll. Shermans’ recording in 2005 “The Motive Series” featuring the late Michael Brecker, and the 2006 “One Step Closer” featuring Joe Lovano both received overwhelming response on the jazz radio charts for 14 weeks in the United States with “One Step Closer” peaking in the top ten on the charts. His recording in 2007 “Family First” was the most spun CD in the United States in it’s opening week on the charts, and his recording done live  in Basel, Switzerland at the close of a 2 week European tour (2008), is entitled Mark Sherman Quartet “Live at The Bird’s Eye” and continues to get rave reviews and big radio response. Mark’s most recent recording is a live filming for DVD of his quintet and is due for release in early 2010. Featuring his band of 6 years with Joe Magnarelli, Allen Farnham, Dean Johnson, and Tim Horner.

Tied in with most of Sherman’s live performances (clubs, and festivals) is a 2 hour master-class on language skills for improvisation, usually done at the local music school or university music department, and sponsored by Yamaha and Vic Firth Co.” These master-classes have been extremely successful at the high school and college level. “I’ve received countless emails from students telling me how my system for learning the harmonic language needed for playing jazz was the simplest and most user friendly system they’ve come across, and that it answered many of the confusing questions, and got them improvising on chord changes very quickly.”

Mark Sherman’s background, Juilliard education, and working, performance and recording experience have all contributed to a unique vision, which incorporates elements of jazz, blues, and classical music. Accomplished as a soloist (vibraphone/piano/drums), ensemble player, composer, and educator, Sherman is in love with music and the re-harmonization of chords to explore and give expression to his musical vision.

One Response to “About”

  1. Read your comments on Carlton Green, tuba. I met and performed with Carl in the National Orchestral Association orchestra at City Center, in 1973/1974/1975. I was a graduate student of Per Brevig at Juilliard; I was the bass trombonist of the NOA orchestra in those years, and a steady extra at the Met. Playing next to this young man was really something extraordinary; we really hit it off musically and personally. Summer of 1975 we were at Tanglewood together, same circumstances…both played under Ozawa and the BSO in Schoenberg’s Guerrelieder, among other fun stuff. Next year we were playing in the New Jersey Symphony; that job was engineered by Vernon Post, still 2nd trombone with the NJS. Then, I went off to Spoleto and then on to another career altogether. I’ve never forgotten Carl, and have tried to find out about him all these years. This guy was just astonishing; such sheer physical musical ability and such musicality. I do remember in our New Jersey year that he sounded like he was a bit hung up on something, resented the sheer work of showing up for performances, and I started to worry. Even the year earlier, at Tanglewood, he always seemed at least one standard deviation off the normal curve; I just put it down to his astonishing brilliance. Possibly at Tanglewood, maybe during New Jersey, he said that Muti had offered him the job in Milan, and he didn’t know what to do. I said “what are you out of your mind?…TAKE IT.” So, apparently he did, and with not a good outcome. I don’t know what to make of all this. End of season, 1975, after Tanglewood, my wife and I had Carl to dinner at our apartment in Tarrytown; I drove us both down from Tanglewood after our last performance. Good evening, great expectations…for both of us. Put him on the train to NYC. That’s the last I saw or heard of him.
    But, believe me, I’ve never forgotten him…you don’t forget someone with a gift like his.

    Michael Lasater

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