Mark Shim, Tenor Saxophone

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
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. He has been hailed by critics for his virtuosity, and a style that
swings from mellow to fierce: “He burst through the tunes, gathering speed and weight like a snowball
rolling down a hill in a cartoon... “ (The New York Times). You can find this sought-after sideman playing
with Vijay Iyer and other innovators on the forefront of jazz.

Mark Shim, Tenor Saxophone