Mark Egan

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Mark McDanel Egan, 14 January 1951, Brockton, Massachusetts, USA. Egan started playing the trumpet at the age of 10 and only turned to the double bass when he was 15. He studied at the University of Miami in the mid-70s and took lessons from Jaco Pastorius, Dave Holland and pianist Andy LaVerne. Meanwhile, he was working with Ira Sullivan, the Pointer Sisters, Deodato and David Sanborn. In 1977 he started working with Pat Metheny’s group with whom he stayed for three years. Egan has since worked with a variety of musicians, including Stan Getz, Gil Evans, Randy Brecker, John McLaughlin, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim. In 1982 he formed Elements with drummer Danny Gottlieb with whom he has spent some time studying ethnic music. He is an educated musician who varies the sound of his playing through his fascination for and skill in the use of electronic devices, and his inventive bass playing which is both haunting and beautifully subtle. He never wastes a note,...

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