Mark Whitlam (Independent)

Mark has performed live and recorded with some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians, including ECM artists Andy Sheppard and Iain Ballamy, Jason Rebello (Sting, Jeff Beck), Clare Teal, Jim Mullen (Average White Band), Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown), Tina May, Mike Outram, Gareth Williams, James Gardner-Bateman (Paloma Faith) and has shared festival stages with drummers such as Nasheet Waits and Ian Thomas.  He plays regularly with the high octane jazz/electronica crossover quartet Michelson Morley, led by Get The Blessing saxophonist Jake McMurchie, with whom he’s been interviewed in Jazzwise magazine.

He has enjoyed touring in Europe and playing venues at home in the UK including The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, Glastonbury Festival, Brecon, Manchester and Cheltenham Jazz Festival, The 606 Club and Pizza Express Jazz Club as a regular at the London Jazz Festival.  Recorded work has been aired on BBC Radio 3 (Jazz on 3, Late Junction and Jazz Requests), BBC 6 Music, Jazz FM and has been used on television.  Outside of the jazz scene, Mark has gained extensive experience in musical theatre, performing around the country, including the Edinburgh Fringe and was invited to deputise on the drum chair for the world tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Evita'.

Mark is also a committed educator and enjoys teaching the undergraduates at one of the UK’s elite contemporary music colleges, BIMM Bristol, where he is Deputy Head of the Drum Faculty.