Attucks Jazz Club: Mark Shim, tenor sax

“He burst through the tunes, gathering speed and weight like a snowball rolling down a hill in a cartoon...”
-The New York Times

“An inventive soloist and leader. Shim’s challenging original compositions stand out. The harmonic framework is constantly moving, shifting, spinning, seemingly free of starting point or ending.”
-JazzTimes

Born in Jamaica, this inventive saxophonist moved to Richmond, Virginia as a child, and began studying saxophone in 7th grade. His restless, searching artistic spirit carried him to New York City, where he played and recorded with Hamiett Bluiett in Harlem, and went on to play with Mose Allison, Betty Carter, and the Mingus Big Band, among others. Shim counts among his influences Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson and Gene Ammons, but credits Betty Carter with the “best teaching” that formed his style. These days you can find this sought-after sideman playing with Vijay Iyer and other innovators on the forefront of jazz—and on October 5 you can find him at the historic Attucks Theatre. Be there!

Attucks Jazz Club: Mark Shim, tenor sax