Mark Rapp

Mark Rapp


“Top emerging trumpeter.” - DownBeat Magazine "Rapp is breaking down the age old paradigms as to how the trumpet ought to be played in a jazz environment." "Must be seen to be believed. " - Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower


NOTE: Mark Rapp is now based out of NY and Geneva, Switzerland!

- The Mark Rapp Group played the 2008 JVC Newport Jazz Festival culminating in a standing ovation. Also appearing were Herbie Hancock, Aretha Frankline, Chris Botti and more.

- Rapp appears on Travel Channel Hi-Def Documentary "Newport Jazz"

- Mark played the headlining concert with BRANFORD MARSALIS at the 2007 Southern Exposure Festival in SC. (SEE VIDEOS:

“Top emerging trumpeter.” - DownBeat Magazine

- Recorded debut CD with Grammy Award Winning Producer JASON OLAINE (Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove) and hip-hop engineer Robert "LB" Dorsey (the Roots, Beyonce). Mixed by Greg Calbi (Branford Marsalis, John Scofield, REM, Paul Simon) at Sterling Sound.

- Sold Out shows at Blue Note NY (2x) and Joe's Pub

- Signed with Gail Boyd Artists (John Clayton, Don Braden). PR through Radio support, Neal Sapper

- Featured band for the National Urban League's Equal Opportunity Awards Gala the past 3-years in a row. Performing in front of the likes of Spike Lee, Morgan Freeman, Patti Labelle, News Anchors Chuck Scarborough and Lori Stokes, Secretary Chao, Avery Fisher, and more...

- 5 night run at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.

- Performed for the USTA's US Open culminating in a performance for Christopher Reeves.

- Brought to Gstaad, Switzerland for private perfomances.

- New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, City Stages, WC Handy Festival

- Numorous Charity Events in and around New York City.

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Called one of the hardest working musicians in New York City, Mark Rapp bridges the gap between modern and contemporary jazz music. In addition to being a passionate jazz trumpeter who was named one of the "top emerging jazz trumpeters" by Downbeat Magazine in 2007, Rapp performs the didgeridoo and is an accomplished composer and bandleader as well.

Staying true to his vision, Rapp consistently performs his originals and arrangements. He says, "I'm more interested in discovering and expressing the music in me – like Miles and Monk did. And we're finding the fertile middle-ground between contemporary accessibility and modern jazz idealism."

And for Rapp, this vision is paying off. His self-titled debut album, produced by Grammy award winner Jason Olaine (Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove) and engineered by LB Dorsey (The Roots, Beyonce, Solange), is due out early '09 on Paved Earth Records.

“Mark Rapp brings a young man's fire to the jazz world with aggressive trumpet playing punctuated with emotion and commitment. The album sounds fresh and punchy, rhythmically complex and physical, and Mark's sound heralds a rising new star. In a time that jazz is struggling to redefine itself, Mark has refined the classic forms in a visceral, tactile way. Just a flat out enjoyable jazz record.” Greg Calbi, Senior Mastering Engineer at Sterling Sound in NYC, commenting on Rapp’s debut album.

Rapp’s featured performance at the 2008 JVC Newport Jazz Festival ended with a standing ovation. In addition to Newport, he has performed at the WC Handy Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Room and many other top clubs and festivals. He will be touring the country in support of his self titled CD in early '09.

Under the tutelage of Ellis Marsalis, Rapp earned a Masters in Jazz from the University of New Orleans. While living in New Orleans, Rapp often played the famed Snug Harbor, House of Blues, Tipitinas, as well as, playing the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He then moved to New York, where he has been rapidly climbing the ladder of success.

In addition to regular performances at the Carnegie Club in NY, the National Urban League featured Rapp 3 years in a row during their annual EOE Awards Gala. He has had the privilege to perform with Branford Marsalis, Walter Blanding, Jr., Wess Anderson, Wycliffe Gordon, Seamus Blake, John Ellis, Brad Leali, Rodney Green and more. In addition to leading the show, Rapp has toured with artist Darius Rucker, and has performed with rock acts Hootie & the Blowfish, Edwin McCain and Sister Hazel. Rapp has had a myriad of guest appearances on everything from a Fox NFL commercial to various NY artists and is also a prolific composer having written music for a number of independent film projects. He is a spokesman for SARAR clothing and other sponsorships are in the works.


Token Tales

Written By: Mark Rapp

Capturing the essence of a beautiful story told to me by Lawrence Fishburne one evening at Wynton Marsalis' apartment. He described how one should celebrate the woman in your life.

1st Minute, 1st Round

Written By: Mark Rapp

This tune represents strength, confidence and braggadocio - the way Neil Leifer describes Muhammad Ali in his world famous picture of Ali standing over Sonny Liston having just knocked him out in the 1st minutes of the 1st round on May 25, 1965.

Who's the Man?

Written By: Mark Rapp

Inspired by Samuel L. Jackson's performances in "Pulp Fiction", "Freedom Land", "Rules of Engagement" and "Shaft."
It's a tune expressing what it means to be "a bad mother f#@$&%!"

'Nuff Time

Written By: Mark Rapp

This is an instrumental composition inspired by charles Dickens.

"There is never enough time to do or say all the things that we would wish; The thing is to do as much as you can in the time that you have."


Set List

All originals/arrangments.
Set length specific to performance situation.