Mark has been playing jazz and blues music professionally in Kansas City since 1987. Hosting jams and playing sessions, Mark has worked with some of the greatest musicians including the Scamps, a Kansas City dance band that was formed in 1946. Mark was exposed to jazz and blues with a performance by Claude Fiddler Williams, and pianist Jay McShann in 1976. From that time he has been immersed in many styles of music including folk and rock. Mark played with Little Hatch, the Mo City Jumpers and countless jazz gigs as a session bassist.
"As a sideman, I have had the pleasure of playing bass in Kansas City with many of the fabulous artists who created jazz and blues music from the 1940’s to the present day. Many of these dear friends have moved on to the next life now, as I am privileged to continue to perform with their memories in my heart and soul. This tradition continues to serve me well today. My writing includes influences by these treasured friends.
In 2008, I signed with Enneagram Record to produce my second solo recording Town Topic. Together with producer and guitarist Max Berry, we took the solo-duo competition sponsored by the KC Blues Society, and went on to compete the International Blues Competition, an annual event held by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee in 2009 and 2010. My song Talk to your Doctor, a humorous take on the perils of television, was nominated for best blues song in this competition by the Big City Blues magazine of Detroit.
My recent tours have taken me to the from Maine to New Jersey, festivals in Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas, Nashville, Memphis, and recently to Isla Mujeres, Mexico near Cancun.
I composed my second enneagram release Easyville - American Stories on Enneagram in 2011. This record includes many songs that were inspired by my family and friends.
I have been fortunate to meet filmmaker Michael Loftus, who produced music videos for Town Topic, and the title track Midnight run to Easyville. These, and many live performances can be viewed on my Youtube page: markmontgomerymusic.
I look forward to playing for you in the near future!
Throughout my travels, I have found that music is a universal language that exists between musicians and their fans. This is a very small world. I have always been lucky to meet the coolest people on the planet, wherever I go!"