Mark Taylor is widely recognised as one of Australia's most versatile and accomplished saxophone and woodwind players.

Originally form Bathurst in country NSW, Mark moved to Sydney in 1988 to study at The NSW Conservatorium of Music under Australian Jazz maestro Don Burrows.

Since graduating from the Jazz Studies program Mark has carved out a distinguished and versatile career, recording, touring and performing nationally and internationally alongside the elite of the music industry. He is in constant demand as a featured soloist and freelance performer in contemporary jazz; big bands; rhythm and blues; pop and rock; as well as commercial orchestral, TV and studio work.

As an emerging jazz instrumentalist he was a finalist in the 1993 and 1994 Australian National Jazz Awards at the Wangarratta Festival of Jazz in Victoria.

In 1994 Mark relocated to New York City for an extended period of study and performing. He spent time studying with many leading US jazz artists including Bob Mintzer, Ralph Moore, Barry Harris, Gary Dial and Gary Foster.

As a composer and band leader, his highly acclaimed CD release "SHAKEDOWN" ( Rufus Records), features his original compositions performed by some of Australia's leading contemporary jazz musicians.

His playing and compositions also feature on the ARIA nominated CD release "Jazzt Latino-Americano" by world music group Tigramuna.

Mark is also a member of the award winning Sydney All Star Big Band and has featured on their two CD releases, "Doin' Our Thing" (La Brava/Universal) and "Pyldriver" (Newmarket) as well as in live performances with such notable international jazz artists as Bob Mintzer, Bobby Shew, Rob McConnell and Wayne Bergeron.

He appears frequently alongside jazz virtuoso James Morrison and has featured on four of Morrison's CD's: "Live at The Sydney Opera House"(East-West), "The Gospel Collection", "The Gospel Collection 2" , (Morrison Records) and " The Other Woman " with Deni Hines

Since 1990 he has been regularly called upon as a saxophone and woodwind specialist for numerous Australian and overseas touring artists and shows .

Mark regularly appears in a wide variety of international concert settings and has performed with such notable artists as Michael Bublé, Harry Connick Jr, Lionel Richie, Liza Minnelli, Sir Cliff Richard, Olivia Newton-John, Barry White, Lou Rawls, Dame Cleo Laine, Jerry Lewis, Neil Sedaka, Leo Sayer, Wayne Newton, Franki Valli, Suzi Quatro, Petula Clarke and Shirley Bassey.

He has featured on recordings and in concerts and tours with such leading Australian performers as John Farnham, Guy Sebastian, Tina Arena, James Morrison, Marcia Hines, Glen Shorrock, Tom Burlinson, Shannon Noll, Anthony Callea, David Campbell, Tommy Tycho, Caroline O'Connor, Anthony Warlow and the Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.

Mark is a featured artist in The Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine. Click here to read the full interview.

He currently maintains a busy performing and recording schedule in a wide variety of musical settings in Australia and abroad.

For a full list of Mark's performing and recording credits, visit Discography or Artists or Shows
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