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; Fall, 2009.

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Publications

Books and Journal Issue

  • Editor, The Beatles through a Glass Onion: Reconsidering the White Album. Forthcoming, Univ. of Michigan Press, 2019.
  • 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 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.

Articles and Reviews

  • “Turning Us On: Artifice as Authenticity in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper, and the Summer of Love. Eds. Kenneth Womack and Kathryn B. Cox. Eds. Kenneth Womack and Kathryn B. Cox. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017. 43-66.
  • “Rhythm Changes: Copyright, Contrafacts, and Jazz Modernism. “Modernism and Copyright. Ed. Paul K. Saint-Amour. New York: Oxford UP, 2011. 89-113.
  • “Jazzing the Gift: Improvisation, Reciprocity, Excess.”  Rethinking Marxism 22.4 (Fall 2010): 569-80.
  • 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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Lecture/Performances

  • “A Jaunt through Jazz History: Playing the Changes from Swing to Funk.” Germano’s Piattini, Sept. 15, 2018.
  • “Shades of Jazz in Film Noir.” Germano’s Piattini, January, 2014; and An die Musik Live, October, 2014; repeated Feb. 2016, Feb. 2017, May 2018, Feb., 2019.
  • “Passions of a Man: The Music of Charles Mingus” (with CSJQ). Germano’s Piattini, October, 2015.
  • “Blowin’ the Blues Away: The Music of Horace Silver” (with CSJQ). Germano’s Piattini, May, 2015.
  • “Night Songs: The Music of Film Noir” (with CSJQ). Germano’s Piattini, Jan., 2014; An die Musik Live, Oct., 2014.
  • “Monk’s Moods: A Tribute to Thelonious Monk” (with CSJQ). Germano’s Trattoria, March, 2013, Oct., 2017.
  • “So What is Modern Jazz? A History of Segments and Fusions” (with CSJQ). Lecture/concert for Jammin’ at the Mansion concert series, Baltimore, May, 2005 and Germano’s Trattoria, July, 2011.
  • 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.

Conference Papers

  • “Looking through ‘A Doll’s House’: The White Album’s Hidden Cohesion.” The White Album: An International Symposium. Monmouth U, New Jersey, Nov., 2018.
  • “Turning Us On: Artifice as Authenticity in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Summit of Creativity: A Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, June, 2017.
  • “Jazzing the Gift: Improvisation, Reciprocity, Excess.” Paper delivered at Surplus/Excess Conference, Riverside, CA, April, 2008.
  • “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

Productions

Baltimore Jazz Composers’ Showcase, Sept., 2013. Brought together eleven Baltimore composers whose works were performed by the BJA Quintet, directed by Anthony Villa. Included my composition “Ver la Luz.”

Co-Producer: Cold Keener. 2004. A staged reading of short plays by Zora Neale Hurston featuring actors and singers from Morgan St. U and musicians from Loyola University; music by Benny Russell. Co-producers: Shirley Dunlap, Jean Lee Cole.

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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, rock). Performed at clubs and dances throughout Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Western Canada.
  • 1979-82: leader, lead vocals, saxophone, keyboards, Straitlace (top 40, fusion, rock). Top one-nighter band in the region; played clubs and events throughout Montana, Idaho and Washington. Click here for a video of “Into the Mystic” recorded at the 2010 Straitlace reunion party.

Atlanta

  • 1983-86: 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
  • 2011-14: first chair, tenor saxophone, Baltimore Jazz Alliance Big Band.

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Recordings

  • Producer, saxophones, vocals, Warming Trend, by Cold Spring Jazz Quartet. 2014. Click here to download songs or purchase the CD.
  • Producer, Baltimore Jazzscapes II, a compilation CD by the Baltimore Jazz Alliance. Alto saxophone and composer, “Fallow” by Cold Spring Jazz Quartet.
  • Producer, saxophones and vocals, Urban Pastoral, by Cold Spring Jazz Quartet. 2008.
  • Producer, Baltimore Jazzscapes, a compilation CD by the Baltimore Jazz Alliance; tenor saxophone on “Imagine That,” by Cold Spring Jazz Quartet.
  • Producer, saxophones, vocals, Same Place. Different Time, by Cold Spring Jazz Quartet. 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.
  • “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 (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); on CSJQ’s Warming Trend.
  • “Mortal Coil” (modern jazz) 2008 (performed by Loyola Jazz Combo, April 2010).
  • “Tomcat’s Croon” (medium groove) 2008 (in CSJQ gig book; performed by Loyola Jazz Combo, April 2009); with lyrics by Ned Balbo, 2011; on CSJQ’s Warming Trend.
  • “The Violet Hour” (bossa nova) 2009; with lyrics by Ned  Balbo as “The Twilight Towers” (in CSJQ gig book); on CSJQ’s Warming Trend.
  • “A Blue Streak” (uptempo jazz) 2009 (in CSJQ gig book; premiered by Loyola Jazz Combo, December 2009).
  • “Utopia Nova” (bossa nova) 2009 (in CSJQ gig book).
  • “Brown Study” (ballad) 2009; with lyrics by Ned Balbo, 2011 (in CSJQ gig book); on CSJQ’s Warming Trend.
  • “October Light” (rumba) 2009 (in CSJQ gig book).
  • “Hagerstown” (medium jazz) 2010 (premiered by Loyola Jazz Combo, April, 2011; in CSJQ gig book); on CSJQ’s Warming Trend.
  • “For Libby” (ballad) 2010.
  • “Straitlaced” (boogaloo) 2010 (premiered by Loyola Jazz Combo, December, 2010).
  • “Heart of the Matter” (ballad) 2011 (in CSJQ gig book).
  • “Ojos Castaños” (samba) 2011 (in CSJQ gig book; premiered by Loyola Jazz Combo, Dec. 2011).
  • “Silver Maple” (3/4 ballad) 2011; lyrics by Ned Balbo (in CSJQ gig book).
  • “Cam’s News” (medium blues) 2012.
  • “Meet the Chairman” (post-bop) 2012 (premiered by Loyola Jazz Combo, Dec. 2012; also performed April, 2018).
  • “Housewarming” (shuffle) 2012 (premiered by Loyola Jazz Combo, April 2013; also performed, Dec. 2018); on CSJQ’s Warming Trend.
  • “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 that performance.
    On CSJQ’s Warming Trend.
  • “On Second Thought” (6/8) 2014; on CSJQ’s Warming Trend.
  • “Los Bravos” (Afro-Cuban) 2013; on CSJQ’s Warming Trend.
  • “A Glancing Blow” (stop-time blues) 2015 (in CSJQ gig book).
  • “Contigo” (bossa nova) 2015 (in CSJQ gig book).
  • “Infra Dig” (medium groove) 2016 (in CSJQ gig book).
  • “Cloudseeding (modal uptempo) 2017.
  • “Because I Said So” (medium) 2018.

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Selected Arrangements

  • “Reincarnation Blues” (Wayne Shorter) three horns, rhythm section 2004
  • “Big ‘P'” (Jimmy Heath): three horns, rhythm section 2006/2016
  • “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; four horns, 2018.
  • “Housewarming”  (Mark Osteen): combo with three horns, 2013
  • “Ver la Luz” (Mark Osteen): combo with two horns, 2013
  • “Katrina Ballerina” (Woody Shaw): combo with five horns, 2017
  • “Meet the Chairman” (Mark Osteen) combo with four horns, 2018
  • “Because I Said So” (Mark Osteen) combo with four horns, 2019

All performed by Loyola Jazz Combo.

Non-profit and Administration

President, President, Baltimore Jazz Alliance, 2004-15. Nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing jazz in the Baltimore region.

Highlights:
–Maintain free online jazz calendar on website.
–Publish monthly print newsletter since 2004.
–Baltimore Jazz Composers’ Showcase, Sept., 2013.
Baltimore Jazzscapes and Baltimore Jazzscapes II, CD compilations by   BJA artists.
–The Baltimore Real Book: Compositions by Baltimore Jazz Artists
–Judge, Chick Webb Jazz Combo Competition, Artscape 2010.
–Numerous events and projects, including scholarships for high school and college musicians, sponsoring jazz artists at the Artscape festival (2007-2011), Baltimore Youth Jazz Congress (2006), etc.

Board member, Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society, 2010-present. Vice-President, 2018-present.

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