Creating a name for himself
The son of a professional drummer, Mark Colby began playing professionally at age 14. While living in Miami, he had the opportunity to play shows with popular acts, including Tony Bennett, Sonny and Cher, Bill Cosby, Ann-Margret and Sammy Davis, Jr., alongside seasoned musicians. For many years he was the youngest person on the bandstand, all the while pursuing his desire to play all styles of jazz. He has played and toured with such varied luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Jaco Pastorius, Mose Allison, Joe Williams and Charlie Haden. Currently he is performing as a guest soloist and clinician/adjudicator at middle schools, high schools and colleges throughout the United States and Europe. To learn more about Mark Colby, visit markcolby.com.