Mark Wade

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Voted one of the top 10 bassists of 2016 by the prestigious Downbeat Magazine Reader's Poll, Mark Wade has been an active bassist in the NYC area for over 20 years. In February 2015, Wade released his debut album Event Horizon to international acclaim. The album received great critical reviews from a host of domestic and international publications such as Downbeat Magazine, Jazz In Europe, The New York City Jazz Record, All About Jazz, Jazz Life (Japan), and several others. Event Horizon received extensive airplay throughout the US and Europe. Wade has received severalfeatures and interviews about his release and was commissioned by Downbeat Magazine to write a master class article for its July 2015 issue. Wade has been signed by Edition 46 Records (Berlin) which formally released Event Horizon in Europe on February 26th, 2016.

From May 2013 to May 2014, Wade served as an Artist In Residence at Flushing Town Hall where his ensemble, the Mark Wade Trio, was presented in concert on a number of occasions.

In 2012, Wade performed with jazz great Jimmy Heath as part of his “Four Black Immortals” East Coast tour. He has played with other notable jazz artists such as James Spaulding, Harry Whitaker, Pete McGuinness, Peter Eldridge, Don Byron, and he appeared on The Today Show with Stacey Kent. He also performs regularly with the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra led by trumpeter Bill Warfield. In 2006 and 2007, Wade was a featured jazz artist at the Natchez Music Festival. From 1997 to 1999, he appeared weekly at Birdland.

As an orchestral player, Wade performed with the Key West Symphony for the 2000-2001 season that included concerts with Grammy Award winners Sharon Isbin and Robert McDuffie. In 2012, Wade played in the “Beyond Cage” festival with the Orchestra of the S.E.M. and the Janacek Philharmonic (Czech Republic) at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Other classical credits include the Orchestra of the Bronx, Bronx Opera, DiCapo Opera, the Antara Ensemble, Light Opera of New York, and several others.

In his work as an educator, Wade is a faculty member of the jazz program at Lehigh University. He is also a New York Pops Teaching Artist. Mark Wade is the founder and director of New Music Horizons, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the work of emerging jazz and classical composers. For more information, please visit




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