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Mark Mondesir

Mark Mondesir is one of the most prominent jazz drummers in Europe. He is undoubtedly one of the finest drummers the UK has ever produced, and has gained the respect and admiration of musicians the world over. A unique talent, he combines technical velocity, complexity and dexterity with an awesome inventiveness and imaginative dynamism, all grounded in an instinctive feel for groove. He has known and worked with Julian Joseph for more than 20 years, and has made an inspiring and essential contribution to all his projects. He is comfortable in any genre, from jazz to rock to funk to fusion and has collaborated with a range of international artists. Mondesir grew up in East London. He started playing drums his school at the age of 12 after winning a mini coordination test. Almost entirely self-taught, the British musician began his career in earnest in 1984 as part of fusion pioneer Ian Carr's London-based Weekend Arts Center workshops He has worked closely and recorded with numerous world class musicians including John McLaughlin,Courtney Pine, Julian Joseph, Kevin Eubanks, Jeff Beck, Zakir Hussein, Pee Wee Ellis, Van Morrison, McCoy Tyner, Joe Zawinul, John Scofield,[4] and has performed with Todd Sharpville since 2011.


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