Mark Boling

Mark Boling BIO

Mark Boling is a jazz guitarist, teacher, composer, and author. An Associate Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee, Boling serves as Coordinator of the Jazz Studies Program. As a veteran sideman with pianist Donald Brown, Boling played in Tennessee-based bands and recorded with Brown on three records for the French label Space Time Records. Boling performs frequently leading his own trio, featuring drummer Keith Brown and bassist Jon Hamar.  Boling has released three recordings as a leader (Trio Life, 2012; Tune Me, 2004; Evidence, 2000). In addition, he has performed with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and a number of acclaimed jazz musicians, including Gregory Tardy, Zim Ngqawana, Donald Brown and Jerry Coker. He is the author of Creative Comping Concepts for Jazz Guitar (Mel Bay), The Jazz Theory Workbook (Advance Music), Elements of the Jazz Language software (CPP/Belwin), and Curriculum for Aural Training software. Boling has been a senior artist-in-residence at the Banff Center International Jazz Workshop, a visiting artist at the Brubeck Institute, and a teacher at Berklee College of Music’s summer guitar program. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1981) and a Masters in Music Theory from the University of Tennessee (1984).


Discography (leader)

• Boling, Brown & Holloway Trio Life (MaBO Music 2012)

• Mark Boling Tune Me (MaBO Music 2004)

• Mark Boling Trio Evidence (MaBO Music 2000)


Discography (sideman)

• Steve Brown Threnody (2014)

• Donald Brown Born to be Blue ( 2013)

• Terry Vosbein and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra Fleet Street (Max Frank Music 2011)

• The Knoxville Jazz Session Tenors & Satin (2010)

• Rocky Wynder Edwin and Catherine (2009)

• Terry Vosbein and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra Progressive Jazz 2009 (Max Frank Music 2009)

• Steve Brown Within (2009)

• Donald Brown Fast Forward to the Past ( 2008)

• Zim Ngqawana Zimology in Concert USA (Sheer sound 2008) Won South African Music Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Album.”

• East Coast Standards Time: Impressions (Altru Music 2007)

• Fabrizia Barresi Choice (Quantum Jazz Music 2005)

• Joe Thompson New York Barrio (2001)

• Donald Brown Enchante (Space/Time Records 2000)

• Joe Thompson Little Foot (1999)

• Nancy Brennan Strange Les Etoiles Mysteriouse (Cassell Tunes 1996)

• Bill Scarlett Jazz from the University of Tennessee (1993)



• Southeast China Tour (Qingdao Grand Theatre, Gao Mi, Yun Men Teatre in Qingzhou, Qingdao Radio and Television Theatre)

• Muroran Jazz Festival (Muroran, Hokaido, Japan)

• San Jose Jazz Festival (San Jose, CA)

• Jazz Education Conference (Louisville, KY)

• University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA)

• Appalachian State U. (Boone, NC)

• Washington & Lee U. (Lexington, VA)

• Georgia State U. (Atlanta, GA)

• International Association of Jazz Educators Conference (New Orleans)

• Blowing Rock Jazz Society (Blowing Rock, NC)

• Barking Legs Theater (Chattanooga, TN)