ICA FREE THURSDAY NIGHTS
July 7–September 8
MARK WHITFIELD JR. QUARTET
Mark Whitfield Jr. Quartet
Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1990, Mark Whitfield Jr. is the son of two musicians, his early years filled with music. At the age of 2, Mark made his first concert appearance as a guest drummer with his father, guitarist Mark Whitfield and legendary clarinetist Alvin Batiste. The story of his prodigious talent began to spread as his musical abilities continued to develop, and at age 4, Mark Jr. appeared with his father's quartet on the Good Morning America 1994 Thanksgiving Day broadcast. The performance led to several subsequent TV appearances including a CNN lifestyle piece, a full feature with Dr. Billy Taylor for his CBS Sunday Morning Jazz Segment, and a follow up appearance on the Good Morning America 1995 Thanksgiving Day broadcast with his dad's group.
In 2001 after Mark Jr. and his younger brother Davis returned to New York to attend school in New Jersey, they continued to perform with his father's group at venues including the Iridium in NYC as part of the JVC Jazz Festival, NYC jazz club Smoke, and with three other talented teenagers as part of the Stephen Chaplin Quartet. Since the summer of 2004, the Mark Whitfield Jr. Quartet have performed at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island and appeared as the opening act for Peter Cincotti, Chris Botti, and others. Their debut CD, Just Among Brothers, is a favorite among local jazz fans. As a junior in high school, just a couple weeks after his 16th birthday, Mark was the first participant of the Betty Carter "Jazz Ahead" program under 18 years old. For his performance at "Jazz Ahead," the following June Mark was invited to participate in Ravinia at the Steans Institute for the Arts, under the instruction of Nathan Davis, Dr. David Baker, Rufus Reid, and James Moody.
That same summer, Mark was awarded a full scholarship to Berklee. Since coming to Boston, Mark has worked with such jazz greats as Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook, Ralph Peterson, Darren Barrett, and Dave Santoro. Mark is also a member of the Roy Guzman Quintet, who played at the Newport, Duke Ellington, and Monterey Jazz Festivals. Mark is a member of the inaugural class of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and performs at international jazz festivals including the Vitoria Jazz Festival and Summertime Jazz Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.