Mark Lawrence is a Jazz, Fusion, Funk and Blues guitarist from Cornwall, now based in Bristol, UK. Mark has a playing style of “vocalising guitar that hints at Hendrix via George Benson” and he cites the likes of John McLaughlin, Miles Davis, Buddy Guy and Kurt Rosenwinkel as prime influences. Recently Mark has appeared several times alongside ECM recording artist Andy Sheppard and has also worked with saxophonist Tony Roberts whose credits include Kenny Wheeler, John McLaughlin, Ian Carr’s Nucleus and many others.
He is bandleader for the ‘Mark Lawrence Quartet‘, a “hard-nosed electric jazz-rock outfit” with “hints of Weather Report, Headhunters, even Steely Dan” (Tony Benjamin, Bristol247) and his first solo album is in production. In addition Mark works regularly with:
‘Diamond Dust’ www.diamonddust.info – a powerful, electric and groovy trio which fuses Jazz and Psychedelic Rock in the mode of the incredible Tony Williams Lifetime & John McLaughlin.
…and has appeared at festivals including London Jazz Festival (with Sisanda Myataza), Secret Garden Party, Oxford Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Budvar stage, Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Bristol Harbour Festival, Sheep Music Festival and at numerous clubs dates across the country.
In addition to live guitar performance Mark is also a session musician, an experimental ‘computer music’ composer, an experienced sound technician and teaches guitar. Mark endorses Sonuus music products and the S-Gear software amp simulator from Scuffham Amps.