Mark Dresser

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


26 September 1952, Los Angeles, California, USA. Dresser started on bass at the age of 10, played in rock groups in his early teens then studied music at Indiana University for one year, leaving because ‘it was too straight for me, like a music factory’. Moving to San Diego, he studied with classical maestro Bertram Turetzky and also played at weekly jam sessions in LA, led by Bobby Bradford - other participants were Stanley Crouch, David Murray and James Newton. Unable to make a living playing new jazz, Dresser moved to the east coast, settling in New Haven, Connecticut, where Leo Smith, Pheeroan Ak Laff, Gerry Hemingway, Anthony Davis and Jay Hoggard were among his neighbours. Although he played occasional concerts in New York, often with trombonist Ray Anderson, when Dresser followed many of his New Haven colleagues and went to live in the city, he found work increasingly scarce and, disheartened, returned to California. He resumed his LA connection...

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