Mark Gross

Jazz Saxophone

Mark Gross has recorded on over 80 notable jazz recordings, including 2 Grammy® Award-winning projects by the Dave Holland Big Band: What Goes Around on ECM Records, and Overtime on Dare 2 Records. Two of Gross's recordings are Preach Daddy on King Records and Riddle of the Sphinx on J Curve Record.

Willard Jenkins, regular contributor to Jazz Times, Downbeat, and Jazz Report Magazine writes: “As record concepts go, Riddle of the Sphinx is one of the most clever to come down the pike... Mark Gross is a sax man deserving wider attention who is blessed with a rich, pure tone... Clearly one of the orders of the day for jazz album projects is the conceptual approach.... he has successfully plotted and delivered this course, arriving at a package that is fresh, original, and served up by a cohesive band of fine players. Could we ask for anything more?" 

The Japanese Takao Ogawa-Swing Journal says: "Gross is a new and powerful alto sax player who is a Cannonball type player. As you may presume ... funky is his flavor. He...shows his modern modality which is reflected in his sound." 

Gross has toured the world with the Mark Gross Quartet, Philip Harper, Nat Adderley, Dave Holland, Mulgrew Miller, Nicholas Payton, Delfeayo Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band, Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Tom Harrell Big Band, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Frank Foster and the Loud Minority, Charles Mingus Big Band, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Harrison, Mark Whitfield, Joe Dukes, Captain Jack McDuff, Joe Chambers, Neal Smith, Cyrus Chestnut, Regina Carter, Lionel Hampton, Stephon Harris, Walter Booker, Jimmy Cobb, Don Braden, Vincent Gardner, Lenora 'Zenzalai' Helm, Marlon Saunders, SEPIA, Jann Parker, and Buster Williams 'Something More' Quartet to name a few.

Gross has performed on Broadway several times, as well. He performed in Five Guys Named Moe (1992-1993), which was based on the music of Louis Jordan; Kat and the Kings (1999-2000), which explores the joyous sounds that were born out of oppression during the 1950's in Cape Town, South Africa; Apartheid, a rollicking rock-'n'-roll musical; and Swing, (2000-2001). Gross has also appeared in Malcolm X, Spike Lee's major motion film.

Gross’ teaching credits includes three years at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, NL; six years at NJPAC Wachovia Jazz for Teens; and 12 years with Jazz Reach Outreach Program.

After developing his interests in classical music at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Mark studied four years at Berklee College of Music and got his bachelor of arts degree in Music Performance. Upon his graduation in 1988, Mark Gross began his professional musical caravan in JAZZ.