Mark Feldman

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Mark Feldman
Background information
Born (1955-07-17) July 17, 1955 (age 68)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Labels Tzadik, Enja, ECM

Mark Feldman (born 1955 in Chicago) is an American jazz violinist. [1]



Feldman worked in Chicago from 1973–1980, in Nashville, Tennessee from 1980–1986, in New York City and Western Europe from 1986. He has performed with John Zorn, John Abercrombie, The Masada String Trio, Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, and Billy Hart.

He was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and played in many bar bands in Chicago. He played on over 200 recordings in Nashville as a studio musician, was a member of the Nashville Symphony, and was a member of the touring groups of country western entertainers Loretta Lynn and Ray Price.

In 2003, he was soloist with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Guus Janssen's Violin Concerto and with the WDR Jazz Orchestra in Concerto for Violin and Jazz Orchestra by Bill Dobbins. At New York's Lincoln Center he performed in duo with pianists Paul Bley and Muhal Richard Abrams.

He has recorded with Michael Brecker, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, and Chris Potter and has played on over 100 recordings in New York City as a soloist in contemporary music and modern jazz.

Feldman has released several albums, including Music for Violin Alone (Tzadik, 1995); Book of Tells (Enja, 2000); What Exit (ECM, 2006 with British pianist John Taylor; To Fly to Steal (Intakt, 2010) with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Gerry Hemingway; and Oblivia (Tzadik, 2010) with his wife, Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier.


As leader/co-leader

With the Arcado String Trio

As sideman

With John Abercrombie

With Muhal Richard Abrams

With Ray Anderson

With Tim Berne

With Don Byron

With Uri Caine

With The Chromatic Persuaders

With Sylvie Courvoisier

With Marilyn Crispell

With Dave Douglas

With Yelena Eckemoff

With Billy Hart

With One Ring Zero

With Marc Ribot

With Dave Soldier

With They Might Be Giants

With Tom Varner

With Jarek Śmietana

With John Zorn

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  1. Morton, Brian; Cook, Richard (November 4, 2010). The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1000 Best Albums. Penguin UK. ISBN   978-0-14-195900-9.