Musical Resume

Mark W. Osteen
6700 Tweedbrook Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21239
mosteen@loyola.edu
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Educational
Publications
Public Lectures and Professional Conferences
Performing Career
Recordings
Selected Compositions
Selected Arrangements
Community Service


Educational

  • 1969-1972: Libby Senior High School Band and Stage Band, Libby, MT.
  • 1972: All-State Band, Tenor Saxophone (Montana)
  • 1973-76: Saxophone performance study; teacher, Gerald Doty, University of Montana.
  • 1972-76: University of Montana Jazz Workshop, dir: Lance Boyd
  • 1972: second chair, tenor saxophone
  • 1974-5: baritone saxophone
  • 1975-6: first chair, tenor saxophone
  • Private saxophone teacher, Missoula, MT, 1979-82
  • Tenor saxophone; arranger, composer, Loyola College Jazz Ensembles, 1991-present
  • Taught seminar: Blue Notes: The Literatures of Jazz, in Loyola College English Department, Fall, 2004.

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Publications

Books and Journal Issue

  • Co-editor (with Frank J. Graziano), Music at the Crossroads: Lives and Legacies of Baltimore Jazz. Baltimore: Apprentice House, 2010. A collection of thirteen essays written in collaboration with Loyola University students in my Aperio seminar, spring, 2010. Includes photos and appendix.
  • Editor, The Baltimore Real Book: Compositions by Baltimore Jazz Artists. Baltimore: BJA, 2007 (A “fake” book featuring 58 compositions by BJA member artists).
  • Editor, “Blue Notes: Toward a New Jazz Discourse,” a special issue of the scholarly journal Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 37.1-2 (Spring & Summer, 2004). Includes my introduction, “Blue Notes Toward a New Jazz Discourse” (pp. 1-46); edited 13 essays and four reviews. 352 pp.

Article and Reviews

  • “Jazzing the Gift: Improvision, Reciprocity, Excess.”  Rethinking Marxism 22.4 (Fall 2010): 569-80.
  • “Rhythm Changes: Copyright, Contrafacts, and Jazz Modernism. “Modernism and Copyright. Ed. Paul K. Saint-Amour. New York: Oxford UP, 2011. 89-113.
  • Review of Alfred Appel, Jr. Jazz Modernism: From Ellington and Armstrong to Matisse and Joyce (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002). Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture (Summer, 2004): 341-3.

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Public Lectures, Conferences and Key Performances

  • Organizer and host, Baltimore Jazz Composers’ Showcase, Sept. 13.
  • Lecture and performance: “Monk’s Moods: A Tribute to Thelonious Monk.” Germano’s Trattoria, March, 2013.
  • Lecture: “Music at the Crossroads: Baltimore Jazz History.” Baltimore City Historical Society,January, 2011 and Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African-American History, April, 2011 and for the Washington, DC, Southwest Renaissance group, February, 2013.
  • “Jazzing the Gift: Improvisation, Reciprocity, Excess.” Paper delivered at Surplus/Excess Conference, Riverside, CA, April, 2008.
  • “So What is Modern Jazz? A History of Segments and Fusions.” Public lecture and concert for Jammin’ at the Mansion concert series, Baltimore, May, 2005 and Germano’s Trattoria, July, 2011.
  • Paper: “Jazz Modernism: Romantic or Neoclassical?” ALSC Conference, New Orleans, November, 2004.
  • Chair and Respondent: “Improvisation in Jazz Writing.” SAMLA Convention, Atlanta, November, 2003.
  • Chair, organizer and respondent, “Blue Notes: Jazz History, Poetics and Fiction.” SAMLA Convention, Baltimore, November, 2002.
  • Chair and Respondent, “Writing Jazz.” MLA Convention, New Orleans, December, 2001

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Performing Career

Pacific Northwest

  • 1971-2: vocalist, Isvara (hard rock)
  • 1974: vocals, saxophone, Jailbait (blues-rock)
  • 1975-78: lead vocals, saxophone, keyboards, Bailey Flyer (hard rock and funk)
    Performed at clubs and dances in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Western Canada.
  • 1978-79: lead vocals, saxophone, keyboards, percussion, Daily Planet (top 40, fusion, hard rock). Performed at clubs and dances in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Western Canada.
  • 1979-82: leader, lead vocals, saxophone, keyboards, Straitlace (top 40, fusion, rock). Top one-nighter band in the region; played clubs throughout Montana, Idaho and Washington.

Atlanta

  • 1983-87: vocals, keyboards, saxophone, No System (’60s rock and r & b).

Baltimore

  • 1994-present: leader, vocals, saxophones, Cold Spring Jazz Quartet. Mainstream jazz group performs at clubs, concerts, and private venues throughout Maryland/DC region. http://www.coldspringjazz.com
  • 2011-13: first chair, tenor saxophone, Baltimore Jazz Alliance Big Band.

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Recordings

  • Producer, Baltimore Jazzscapes II, a compilation CD by the Baltimore Jazz Alliance. Also  alto saxophone on “Fallow” by Cold Spring Jazz Quartet.
  • Producer, saxophones and vocals, Cold Spring Jazz Quartet. Urban Pastoral. 2008.
  • Producer: Baltimore Jazzscapes, a compilation CD by the Baltimore Jazz Alliance. Also tenor saxophone on “Imagine That,” by Cold Spring Jazz Quartet.
  • Producer, saxophones, vocals, Cold Spring Jazz Quartet. Same Place. Different Time. 2003. http://www.coldspringjazz.com/CD.htm

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Selected Compositions

(For Jazz combo)

  • “The Amen Corner” (hard bop) 2002 (recorded on CSJQ CD Same Place. Different Time)
  • “Cam’s Blues” (blues with bridge) 2003 (recorded on CSJQ CD, Same Place. Different Time)
  • “Blue Meridian (slow jazz/blues) 2003 (in CSJQ gig book)
  • “Leap Day” (funk) 2004 (performed in concert by Loyola Jazz Combo, December, 2004; also in CSJQ gig book and included in Baltimore Real Book)
  • “Isabel’s Wake” (Latin) 2004 (performed in concert by Loyola Jazz Combo, April 2005)
  • “Saffron” (jazz waltz) 2005
  • “Song for a Sparrow” 2005 (in CSJQ gig book)
  • “Black Olive” (6/4) 2006 (in CSJQ gig book; in Baltimore Real Book; recorded on CSJQ’s Urban Pastoral)
  • “The Surge” (blues in 5/4) 2006 (premiered December 2007, Loyola Jazz Combo)
  • “Sneakin’” (shuffle) 2007 (in CSJQ gig book; in Baltimore Real Book; recorded on CSJQ’s  Urban Pastoral)
  • “Fallow” (ballad) 2007 (in CSJQ gig book; recorded on CSJQ’s Urban Pastoral)
  • “Big Daddy” (hard bop) 2007 (in CSJQ gig book; performed by Loyola Jazz Combo, Dec. 2008)
  • “Clean and Mean” (jazz-rock) 2008 (in CSJQ gig book; premiered by Loyola Jazz Combo, Dec. 2008)
  • “Aubade,” with lyrics by Ned Balbo (bossa nova) 2008 (in CSJQ gig book)
  • “Mortal Coil” (modern jazz) 2008 (in CSJQ gig book; performed by Loyola Jazz Combo, April 2010)
  • “On a Shoestring” (uptempo bop) 2008
  • “Tomcat’s Croon” (medium groove) 2008 (in CSJQ gig book; performed by Loyola Jazz Combo, April 2009); with lyrics by Ned Balbo, 2011.
  • “The Violet Hour” (bossa nova) 2009; with lyrics by Ned  Balbo as “The Twilight Towers” (in CSJQ gig book)
  • “A Blue Streak” (uptempo jazz) 2009 (in CSJQ gig book; premiered by Loyola Jazz Combo, December 2009)
  • “Flamenco Rojo (flamenco w/ prelude) 2009
  • “Utopia Nova” (bossa nova) 2009 (in CSJQ gig book)
  • “Brown Study” (ballad) 2009; with lyrics by Ned Balbo, 2011 (in CSJQ gig book)
  • “October Light” (rumba) 2009 (in CSJQ gig book)
  • “Hagerstown” (medium jazz) 2010 (premiered by Loyola Jazz Combo, April, 2011; in CSJQ gig book)
  • “For Libby” (ballad) 2010
  • “Straitlaced” (boogaloo) 2010 (premiered by Loyola Jazz Combo, December, 2010)
  • “Blues in Our Flat” (Medium blues) 2010
  • “Going Viral” (uptempo bop) 2011
  • “Heart of the Matter” (ballad) 2011 (in CSJQ gig book)
  • “Right Side Up” (jazz waltz) 2011 (in CSJQ gig book)
  • “Ojos Castaños” (samba) 2011 (in CSJQ gig book; premiered by Loyola Jazz Combo, Dec. 2011)
  • “Cam’s News” (medium blues) 2012
  • “Meet the Chairman” (post-bop) 2012 (premiered by Loyola Jazz Combo, Dec. 2012)
  • “Housewarming” (shuffle) 2012 (premiered by Loyola Jazz Combo, April 2013)
  • “Ver la Luz” (samba) 2012; performed at Baltimore Jazz Composers’ Showcase, Sept. 13, and at Loyola University Jazz Combo concert, Dec. 2013. Click on the title to hear the piece.
  • “A Ditty for Deedee” (jazz waltz) 2013
  • “Narciso” (samba) 2013

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Selected Arrangements

  • “Crisis” (Freddie Hubbard): three horns, rhythm section 2002
  • “Reincarnation Blues” (Wayne Shorter) three horns, rhythm section 2004
  • “Big ‘P'” (Jimmy Heath): three horns, rhythm section 2006
  • “Bakai” (Cal Massey): three horns, rhythm section, 2007
  • “The Surge” (Mark Osteen): three horns, rhythm section, 2007
  • “The Drive” (Oliver Nelson): combo w/ two horns, 2008
  • “Sneakin'” (Mark Osteen): combo w/ two horns, 2008
  • “Clean and Mean” (Mark Osteen): combo w/ three horns, 2008
  • “Big Daddy” (Mark Osteen): combo w/ four horns, 2008
  • “Tomcat’s Croon” (Mark Osteen): combo w/ four horns, 2009
  • “Peggy’s Blue Skylight” (Charles Mingus): combo with four horns, 2009
  • “Mortal Coil” (Mark Osteen): combo with two horns, 2009
  • “Hagerstown” (Mark Osteen): combo with four horns, 2011
  • “Ojos Castaños”(Mark Osteen): combo with three horns, 2011
  • “Blue Meridian” (Mark Osteen): combo with three horns, 2012
  • “Road Song” (Wes Montgomery): combo with three horns, 2012
  • “Meet the Chairman” (Mark Osteen): combo with three horns, 2012
  • “Housewarming”  (Mark Osteen): combo with three horns, 2013
  • “Ver la Luz” (Mark Osteen): combo with two horns, 2013

All performed by Loyola Jazz Combo.

Community Service

President, Baltimore Jazz Alliance, 2004-present. Nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing jazz in the Baltimore region.

Board member, Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society, 2010-present.

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