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  • Wess Anderson & Mark Rapp Booked: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2017

    Wess Anderson & Mark Rapp Booked: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2017

    Excited to announce Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson and I are presenting our new project at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 30, 2017! Stay tuned…

  • Dizzy Gillespie’s Trumpet

    Dizzy Gillespie’s Trumpet

    I had the amazing honor and privilege of playing on Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet – a trumpet which Jon Faddis gave to him. It happened on Friday, October 16, at the SC Jazz Festival, just 5 days before John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie’s birthday. Not only did I play on this famous horn, but I played it…

  • Cecil: composition and video

    Cecil: composition and video

    Jazz with didgeridoo, doumbek drums and a vibraphone? YES! When I allowed the creative process to flow, I realized what I needed to get out were my feelings and thoughts surrounding the murder of the beloved lion named Cecil. The “Cecil” composition/video and video pays tribute to the life and death of this majestic lion.

  • Woven: Life in Notes and Steps

    Woven: Life in Notes and Steps

    Jazz composer and gifted trumpeter Mark Rapp teams up with professional choreographer Stephanie Wilkins to present Woven, a one of a kind tapestry of jazz and contemporary dance. Developed exclusively as part of The HT@MTC Performance Incubator, Woven melds choreography with improvisation, taking the audience on a life voyage through universal human experiences, from passion…

  • Disney does Jazz: Everybody Wants to be a Cat

    Disney does Jazz: Everybody Wants to be a Cat

    Everybody Wants To Be A Cat features performances by numerous jazz artists who are active today, including Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Mark Rapp, Dianne Reeves, Roberta Gambarini, the Bad Plus, Nikki Yanofsky, Esperanza Spalding, Regina Carter, Gilad Hekselman, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Alfredo Rodriguez. Disney Jazz Volume 1: Everybody Wants To Be A Cat…

  • Share the Thanks Web App

    Share the Thanks Web App

    Just in time for Thanksgiving, jazz trumpeter and composer Mark Rapp launched a simple, but effective, web app to spread the feeling of thanks and gratitude. It features an original composition by Rapp appropriately named “Thank You” which was recorded and released on the trumpeter’s debut CD “Token Tales” (Paved Earth Music, 2009). You can…

  • 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.