Voted one of the top 10 bassists of 2016 by the prestigious Downbeat Magazine Reader’s
Poll, Mark Wade has been an active bassist in the NYC area for over 20 years. In February
2015, Wade released his debut album Event Horizon to international acclaim. The album received
great critical reviews from a host of domestic and international publications such as
Downbeat Magazine, Jazz In Europe, The New York City Jazz Record, All About Jazz, Jazz
Life (Japan), and several others. Event Horizon received extensive airplay throughout the US
and Europe. Wade has received several features and interviews about his release and was
commissioned by Downbeat Magazine to write a master class article for its July 2015 issue.
Wade has signed with Edition 46 Records (Berlin) which formally released Event Horizon in Europe
on February 26th, 2016.
From May 2013 to May 2014, Wade served as an Artist In Residence at Flushing Town Hall
where his ensemble, the Mark Wade Trio, was presented in concert on a number of occasions.
In 2012, Wade performed with jazz great Jimmy Heath as part of his “Four Black Immortals”
East Coast tour. He has played with other notable jazz artists such as James Spaulding, Harry
Whitaker, Pete McGuinness, Peter Eldridge, Don Byron, and he appeared on The Today Show
with Stacey Kent. He also performs regularly with the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra led
by trumpeter Bill Warfield. In 2006 and 2007, Wade was a featured jazz artist at the Natchez
Music Festival. From 1997 to 1999, he appeared weekly at Birdland.
As an orchestral player, Wade performed with the Key West Symphony for the 2000-2001 season
that included concerts with Grammy Award winners Sharon Isbin and Robert McDuffie. In
2012, Wade played in the “Beyond Cage” festival with the Orchestra of the S.E.M. and the
Janacek Philharmonic (Czech Republic) at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Other classical
credits include the Orchestra of the Bronx, Bronx Opera, DiCapo Opera, the Antara Ensemble,
Light Opera of New York, and several others. Wade is a faculty member of the Lehigh University
music department and is also a New York Pops Teaching Artist.
Mark Wade is the founder and director of New Music Horizons, a non-profit organization dedicated
to promoting the work of emerging jazz and classical composers.