Mark Egan

Mark Egan (born 1951 in Brockton, Massachusetts) is an American jazz bassist and trumpeter known for his membership in the Pat Metheny Group and the Gil Evans Orchestra.[1] He is co-founder of the jazz fusion band, Elements.

Mark Egan
Background information
Birth nameMark McDanel Egan
Born (1951-01-14) January 14, 1951 (age 70)
Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S.
OriginMiami, Florida
GenresJazz fusion, jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsBass guitar, vocals
Years active1975–present
LabelsECM, Antilles, Novus, Wavetone
Associated actsPat Metheny Group, Elements, Gil Evans


Mark McDanel Egan was born in Brockton, Massachusetts in 1951.[2] Influenced by his father, he studied trumpet at age 10. He played the trumpet throughout high school, and began playing the bass when he was 15. While attending the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, initially as a trumpet student, he studied with jazz educator Jerry Coker. He switched from trumpet to bass part way through the program. While in Miami he also became friends and performed with Ira Sullivan, Pat Metheny, Danny Gottlieb, Clifford Carter.[3] His teachers included Jaco Pastorius, Dave Holland, and Andy LaVerne.

In 1975, after graduate school, Egan went on tour with Eumir Deodato and the Pointer Sisters and recorded with David Sanborn. Two years later he worked as a studio musician in New York City, where he met Joe Beck and Steve Khan. He was part of the Pat Metheny Group until 1981, then with the Group's drummer, Danny Gottlieb, started the jazz fusion band Elements. They were joined by Bill Evans on saxophone and Clifford Carter on keyboards. Elements recorded and toured through the 1990s. During the 1980s and 1990s, Egan was also part of the Gil Evans Orchestra.[2] He founded his own record label, Wavetone Records.[3]

Egan has made three music videos: Om Yoga & Meditation, Music on the Edge, and Bass Workshop. He has appeared on the soundtracks of movies including Two Moon Junction, The Object of My Affection, You've Got Mail, The Color of Money, Rollover, Quick Change, Blown Away, and A Chorus Line. He recorded an album, Urge, with trumpeter Forrest Buchtel, Jr., featuring, among other things, the theme from CNN Headline News.[1]

Egan has toured and recorded with a vast range of artists including Gil Evans, Pat Metheny, Stan Getz, Sting, Arcadia, Roger Daltrey, Joan Osborne, Marianne Faithfull, Michael Franks, Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell, Pat Martino, Judy Collins, Sophie B. Hawkins, Bill Evans, Lew Soloff, Bryan Ferry, Joe Beck, Jim Hall, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Toninho Horta, Paul Shaffer and The Pointer Sisters.


As leaderEdit

  • 1985 Mosaic (Hip Pocket)
  • 1988 A Touch of Light (GRP)
  • 1992 Beyond Words (Mesa/Bluemoon)
  • 2001 Freedom Town (Wavetone)
  • 2006 As We Speak (Wavetone)
  • 2007 the Moment (Tripping Tree)
  • 2008 Tell Me a Bed Time Story: The Big Apple (Universal Distribution)
  • 2010 Truth Be Told (Wavetone)
  • 2013 Unit 1 (Wavetone)
  • 2014 About Now (Wavetone)
  • 2015 Direction Home (Wavetone)[4]
  • 2017 "Dreaming Spirits" Mark Egan and Arjun Bruggeman featuring Shane Theriot (Wavetone)

With ElementsEdit

  • Elements
  • Elements Forward Motion
  • Illumination
  • Liberal Arts
  • Spirit River
  • Blown Away
  • Far East Volume 1
  • Far East Volume 2
  • Untold Stories
  • Wouldn't It Be Nice: Tribute to Brian Wilson

With othersEdit

1977 David Sanborn Band David Sanborn Warner Bros.
1977 Exclusively Yours Gordon Gordy RCA
1977 Half and Half Vicki Sue Robinson RCA
1977 Hechizo Frank Quintero CBS/Sony
1977 Promise Me the Moon David Sanborn Warner Bros.
1977 Soul Village Walter Bishop Jr. Muse
1977 Tornader Johnny Winter Polydor
1978 Cubicle Walter Bishop Jr. Muse
1978 Infinity Is Sonny Fortune Atlantic
1978 Stolen Moments Mark Murphy 32 Jazz
1978 Pat Metheny Group Pat Metheny Group ECM
1979 Monuments Jackie McLean RCA
1979 Perspective Steve Grossman Atlantic
1979 With Sound Reason Sonny Fortune Atlantic
1979 American Garage Pat Metheny Group ECM
1980 Cosmic City David Matthews King
1980 Horn of a Different Color Jerry Peel Bull
1980 Satisfaction Guaranteed Mark Murphy Muse
1980 Tanger Dwight Druick Rio
1981 Beauty's Song Stan Samole Lotus
1981 Billy Highstreet Samba Stan Getz Phonogram
1981 Concerto de Aranjuez Jim Hall King
1981 Music of Chick Corea Andy Laverne Jazzline
1981 Ross Traut Ross Traut Headfirst
1981 Wrapped in a Cloud Gil Goldstein Muse
1982 Artistry of Mark Murphy Mark Murphy Muse
1982 Dune David Matthews CTI
1982 Manhattan Carnival Dave Tofani Solo Winds
1982 Objects of Desire Michael Franks Warner Bros.
1983 Grand Connection Dave Matthews Orch. GNP Crescendo
1983 Star Climber Mitch Farber Muse
1984 Islands Scott Cossu Windham Hill
1984 Living in the Crest of a Wave Bill Evans Elektra
1984 Theatre George Gruntz ECM
1985 A Chorus Line Movie Soundtrack Polygram
1985 Amanda Randy Brecker & Eliane Elias Passport Jazz
1985 Hanalei Bay Lew Soloff King
1985 Push Bill Evans Escapade
1985 Skin Dive Michael Franks Warner Bros.
1985 So Red the Rose Arcadia Capitol
1985 Speed Demon Dave Mathews King
1986 Aquamarine Danny Gottlieb Atlantic
1986 They Cannot Know Dino Betti Van Der Noot Soul Note
1986 Farewell Gil Evans King
1986 Live at Sweet Basil Gil Evans King
1986 Modern Manners Special EFX GRP
1986 Slice of Life Special EFX GRP
1986 Solo Mimi Farina Rounder
1986 The Alternative Man Bill Evans Blue Note
1986 The Color of Money Soundtrack MCA
1986 Trade Wind Terumasa Hino CBS/Sony
1986 Upside Downside Mike Stern Atlantic
1987 Alti Plano Alex Digrassi Novus
1987 Bud and Bird Gil Evans King
1987 Farewell Gil Evans Evidence
1987 Gift of Vision Mark Knoble Highland
1987 Homage to John Coltrane Dave Liebman Owl
1987 Nothing Like the Sun Sting A&M
1987 Nougayork Claude Nougaro Warner
1987 The Camera Never Lies Michael Franks Warner
1987 They Cannot Know Van Der Noot Soul Note
1987 Three Way Mirror Airto Moreira
1988 A Chance for a Dance Dino Betti Van Der Noot Nowo Spa
1988 Back to Beck Joe Beck DMP
1988 Body Toshio Kamei CBS/Sony
1988 Double Feature Special EFX GRP
1988 Forbidden Colors Tania Maria Capitol
1988 Music of Chick Corea Andy LaVerne Delta
1988 My Romance Lew Soloff King
1988 Punch Line Soundtrack A&M
1988 Sampler '88 Various Novus/BMG
1988 The Green Chinese Table Seigen Ono Virgin
1988 Whirlwind Danny Gottlieb Atlantic
1989 Away from Home David Broza EMI
1989 Glamour Camp Glamour Camp EMI
1989 Moonstone Toninho Horta Verve Forecast
1989 Songs from the Lost World Jonathan Elias Enigma
1989 Strange Angels Laurie Anderson Warner
1989 Strange Days David Van Tieghem Private Music
1989 Struck By Lightning Airto Moreira Venture
1989 Tears of Joy Tuck and Patti Windham Hill
1989 There Were Signs Bill Gable Private Music
1989 Tribute to Gil Gil Evans Soul Note
1989 Turning Point Rory Block Munich Records
1990 Dade in the Shade The Dade BigWorld
1990 Friends Joe Beck DMP
1990 Party in the Basement Pete Levin Gramavision
1990 Starclimber Mitch Farber Muse
1990 The Unspoken Heart Rodney Jones Minor Music
1990 Where You Lay Your Head Bill Cosby Polygram
1991 Afoxe Ernie Watts CTI
1991 Aidalai Mecano BMG/Sentia
1991 Cool Running Jeremy Wall Buffalo Records
1991 Home Again David Wilcox A&M
1991 Little Wing Lew Soloff Sweet Basil
1991 Marc Cohn Marc Cohn Atlantic
1991 Standards of Living Tom Bones Malone BigWorld
1991 Storyteller Philippe Saisse Polygram
1992 Gliding Stan Samole Jazz Inspirations
1992 Last Session Sting & Gil Evans
1992 Music on the Edge Various CTI
1992 NY First Calls David Matthews Funhouse
1992 Rocks in the Head Roger Daltrey Atlantic
1992 Stained Glass Memories Scott Cossu Windam Hill
1992 Tongues and Tails Sophie B. Hawkins Columbia
1992 Walkin' into the Sun Clifford Carter Soul Coast
1992 Youkali Jim Hall CTI
1993 Collection Special EFX GRP
1993 Driving into the Sea Babel Hounds Big Cow Records
1993 Free Falling Red Grammer Red Note
1993 Happier Blue Chris Smither Flying Fish
1993 Killer Bees Airto Moreira B&W Music
1993 Laughed Last Lili Anel Palmetto
1993 Little Victories Darden Smith Sony
1993 Rainbows Revenge Glenn Alexander Shanachie
1993 The Sands of Time Gil Goldstein Muse
1994 A Dip in the Pool A Dip in the Pool Epic
1994 Barney's Favorites Vol. 2 Roberta Flack Capitol
1994 Bassic Instinct 3 Mark Egan W/Various Artists Notes on Call
1994 Gao, Volume I Gao Vap
1994 Saxual Dan Moretti Par
1994 Simple Thing Issei Ishida East-West/Warner
1994 The Power Of Cool Donald Harrison CTI
1994 Tropical Escape Craig Peyton Earth Flight
1994 Wonder Child Gao Vap
1994 World Tour Jason Miles Lipstick
1995 A Little Trip to the Stone Circle Issei Ishida Moon
1995 A Secret Life Marianne Faithful Island
1995 Abandoned Garden Michael Franks Warner
1995 Big Trip Chris Hunter Sweet Basil
1995 Calling You William Galison Verve Forecast
1995 Fingerpainting Joe Beck Wavetone
1995 Honey Man Gil Evans Newtone
1995 Miss You in New York T-Square Sony
1995 Pearls David Sanborn Elektra
1996 Hombre de Blues Jaf RCA/BMG
1996 I'll Be Your Baby Tonight Bernadette Peters Angel
1996 Mango Theory Flying Monkey Orch. Monkeyville
1996 Mortal City Dar Williams Razor and Tie
1996 Push Johnathan Pagano
1996 Regarding the Soul Dee Carstensen Exit Nine
1996 Relish Joan Osborne Blue Gorilla
1996 Signs of Life Jeff Ciampa Wavetone
1996 Speed Demon David Matthews King
1996 Tornado Rory Block Uni/Rounder
1997 Dig Dig This Wingnut Music
1997 End of the Summer Dar Williams Razor and Tie
1997 From a Parent To a Child Art Garfunkel Columbia
1997 From here to Nichternity David Nichtern Nudgie
1997 Loaded Leather Moonroof Don Ross Columbia
1997 Open Door Michael Whalen Helicon
1997 Reluctant Pilgrim Stephan Schwartz LML Music
1997 Starfish In The Moon Bill Evans Escapade
1997 VA-Street News Bob Magnusson Cap
1997 Who's afraid of Mark Egan with the big bad Bass Various Artists Hot Wire
1997 You Don't Know Me Billy James Uptown Sound
1997 Zone Unknown Gabriel Roth and Mirrors Raven
1998 Between Us Jules Shear High Street
1998 Fearless Dreamer Pam Fleming Infinite Room Records
1998 Holiday Songs and Lullabies Shawn Colvin Columbia
1998 Largo Largo Blue Gorilla
1998 The Wave is Coming Armsted Christian Siam
1998 Where are You Now Deanna Kirk Blackbird
1998 Who Loves You (Tribute to Jaco Pastorius) Various Artists Victor
1999 Bleeker Street Various Artists Astor Place
1999 Butter, Live at Mojo's Dave Mullen Dave Mullen
1999 Che Corazon Gato Barbieri Columbia
1999 I Remember You Yujiro Wada King
1999 Modern Man John Sheehan Sheehan CDS
1999 My Window Ed Littman Yeah Man
1999 Of Near and Distant Lands Billy Eric Mirror Wizard
1999 Pictures at the Family House Tom Mcgrath Tom Mcgrath
1999 Rainbow Mountain Lew Soloff Enja
1999 Slvia Hotel Cheryl Wheeler Philo
1999 Songbook Mark Murphy 32 Jazz
1999 Touch Bill Evans ESC
1999 House of Mirrors Jeff Ciampa
2000 Allow Me Jules Shear Unizoe Records
2000 Eye Contact Jay Beckenstein Windham Hill
2000 From Belo to Seoul Jack Lee Truespace Records
2000 Kiroron Don Sebesky Aosis Records
2000 Listen Chuck Loeb Shanachie
2000 Santa Rita Richard Niles Black Box Jazz
2000 Small Voices Calling Martha Wash Vital Records
2000 Solo Flights Lynn Seaton Omnitone
2000 Universal Language Marc Antoine Verve
2000 Vibes Revisited Kurt Weil TCB Records
2000 Without a Doubt Frank Wess/Frank Vignola Koch International
2000 You've Got Mail (soundtrack) Various Warner Bros.
2001 75th Birthday Concert Gil Evans BBC Legends
2001 A Love Affair The Music of Ivan Lins Telarc
2001 Above Horizons Masahiro Sayama JVC
2001 An American Garden Dave Tofani Solo Winds
2001 Global Exchange George Gruntz TCB
2001 In A Heartbeat Chuck Loeb Shanachie
2001 Live at Umbria Jazz, Vol. 1 Gil Evans Orchestra Egea
2001 Live at Wolftrap Judy Collins Wildflower
2001 Peace of Mind Carmen Questa Skip
2001 Saundra Santiago Saundra Santiago SSRS
2001 This Day and Age Clayton Bruce Ost Tribeca
2002 Bardo Gabrielle Roth Raven
2002 Being in Dreaming Michael Hewett- Dharma Moon
2002 Brazilian Nights Romero Lubambo Q Records
2002 I'm Every Woman Rory Block Rounder
2002 In the Bush Electric Breakwater J-Bird Records
2002 Insect Warriors Mark Stanley Sir EEL Records
2002 Live at Umbria Jazz Vol.2 Gil Evans Orchestra Egea
2002 Sentimental Spirit Kwang Min Kim Nanjang
2002 When We were Kings Eugene Ruffolo Continental Song City
2003 10 cc of Tears April Victor Entertainment
2003 Beat Avenues Eric Andersen Appleseed Recordings
2003 Chacon Thom Chacon Pie Records
2003 Folk Prayer Jon Werking Cedar-King Music
2003 Gil Evans 75th Birthday Concert Gil Evans BBC
2003 Just Friends The Joe Beck Trio Whailing City Sound
2003 Om Yoga Mix David Nicturne Dharma Moon
2003 Once in a Lifetime Rene'e Snyder NSW 1159
2003 The Other Side of Time Mary Fahl Sony
2003 The Shadow of the Cat Gato Barbieri Peak
2003 Tricycles Larry Coryell Trio Inn and Out Records
2003 Yes Indeed Billy Eric Mirror Wizard Music
2004 All in Good Time Don Ross Boulder Hill
2004 Long Road to Nowhere David Amram, Frank Messina Spokeface Records
2004 Midnight Flower Drala Dharma Moon
2004 New York Confidential Forest Buchtel, Gary Anderson Monk Music
2004 Thelonius Bach's Lunch Jeff Laibson, Mark Egan, Danny Gottlieb Wavetone
2005 Flora's Song Flora Purim Narada
2005 Miles Away Sam Morrison Brown Bag
2005 OM Yoga and Meditation Cyndi Lee & David Nictern Dharma Moon
2005 Soul Grass Bill Evans BHM
2005 The Body Electric Cyndi Lauper Sony
2005 Tomorrow's Too Late B.D. Lenz Apria
2006 High Grade Fusion Eriko Akiya Shinko Music
2006 Mahoney's Way Dave Mullens Roberts Music Group
2006 Peace of Mind Andy Laverne Clavebop
2006 Phoenix Edo Castro Passion Star
2006 Strange Fruit Sting ITM
2006 The Word is Out Jaco Pastorious Big Band Heads Up
2007 Live in the Moment Ken Serio Tripping Tree
2007 Silvano Monasterios Monasterios/Egan/Wertico Dogleg Music
2008 Little Wild One Joan Osborne Saguaro Road Records
2015 Constellations The Music of Bjork Karl Latham/Ryan Carniaux/Mark Egan/Nick Rolfe Double Moon Records
2016 "Living Standards" Karl Latham-Mark Egan-Vic Juris Drope Zone Jazz Records
2016 "The Cayote" Vinnie Zummo Vaz Music
2017 Be Cool Dave Snider Dave Snider Music
2017 Trust In The heart Krishna Das Krishna Das Music
2018 Peace of my Heart Krishna Das Krishna Das Music
2019 "The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be" The 14-Arranged by Dan Bonsanti


  1. ^ a b Liebman, Jon (August 31, 2009). "Mark Egan Exclusive Interview with FBPO's Jon Liebman". For Bass Players Only. Liebman Media. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b Voigt, John; Kernfeld, Barry (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 688. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  3. ^ a b Joel, Mitch (2 July 2015). "Groove – Episode #7: Mark Egan". No Treble.
  4. ^ "Mark Egan | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 August 2016.

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