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  • NY Jazz and a Carolina Bank

    NY Jazz and a Carolina Bank

    March 17, 2011 (NEW YORK, NY) – Known for their industry first “Applum” – a complete record delivered solely through the iTunes App Store – New York Jazz trumpeter Mark Rapp and renowned guitarist/vocalist Derek Lee Bronston’s jazz group “The Song Project” has partnered with South Carolina Bank and Trust on a return tour of…

  • The Song Project

    The Song Project

    Jazz trumpeter Mark Rapp and guitarist/vocalist Derek Lee Bronston, known as The Song Project, released their debut CD as a complete album experience in the form of an iPhone/iPad App called an Applum via Apple’s App Store. These two musicians have defined their careers by innovating on their instruments, in composing and as players. It’s…

  • Braden-Rapp: The Strayhorn Project

    Braden-Rapp: The Strayhorn Project

    A contemporary tribute to Ellington’s indispensable writing partner Billy Strayhorn. The set is made up of a batch of familiar Strayhorn music, as well as some lesser-known gems (from Satin Doll to Lament for Javenette) that shine brightly in the hands of Don Braden, Mark Rapp, Gerald Clayton, Sachal Vasandani and the band including Rene…

  • Token Tales

    Token Tales

    Critically-loved debut recording by Mark Rapp Modern jazz, groove jazz… whatever you call it, it’s damn good music.

  • Incense and Peppermints: cover song

    Incense and Peppermints: cover song

    I didn’t know until researching it that Strawberry Alarm Clock’s ’60s pop smash “Incense and Peppermints” was originally supposed to be an instrumental. According to some band members, the vocals were foisted upon them by management in an attempt to get a big hit. That worked! The tune wasn’t even sung by a member of…

  • ‘Trumpetman’ brings fine art to CD package

    ‘Trumpetman’ brings fine art to CD package

    Music and art often go hand-in-hand, but rarely fit together as well as on acclaimed young jazz trumpet player Mark Rapp’s debut album from last year, Token Tales. The CD cover featured a color photo of Rapp with horn on a gray background showing a surreal drawing of the musician mirroring the pose. The artist,…

  • Token Tales review (JazzTimes.com)

    Token Tales review (JazzTimes.com)

    Mark Rapp’s debut album Token Tales shows many different facets of this trumpeter’s pioneering ways as he crafts a smooth jazz relaxer in “Thank You,” jumps into a funky rapport with his band in “Who’s The Man?” and articulates creamy soul-jazz lifts along “Mr. Tricky.” These are just some of Rapp’s skills at the top…

  • Token Tales review (AllAboutJazz.com)

    Token Tales review (AllAboutJazz.com)

    By WOODROW WILKINS AllAboutJazz.com One could argue that Mark Rapp follows the trails laid by such trumpeters as Miles Davis, Randy Brecker and Rick Braun. That all might be true, but Rapp is also establishing his own mark in jazz. One of Down Beat magazine’s top jazz trumpeters of 2007, Rapp mostly performs original music…

  • Token Tales review (AudAud.com)

    Token Tales review (AudAud.com)

    Token Tales Paved Earth Music, 54:32 ****1/2: Important debut by new trumpet, composing, and band leading talent, Mark Rapp. It’s all pretty amazing, but Rapp’s maturity and authority shine brightest on the ballad numbers (“Thank You,” “Token Tales,”) which he plays not only with conviction, but with a depth, beauty, and stateliness that belie his…

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