Mark Walker

Mark Walker, born 1961 in Chicago, IL, is one of the most musical and versatile musicians, composers, and educators in the music industry. His relationships with musicians such as Paquito (25 years) or Oregon (18 years) are a testament to his dedication to making music of the highest standard. Over 60 albums have been recorded by Walker, including nine Grammy-nominated and five Grammy-winning projects. Walker has toured extensively, recorded with Lyle Mays and Eliane Elias as well as Cesar Camargo Mariano and Cesar Camargo Mariano. He has also recorded with the WDR Big Band and the Caribbean Jazz Project with Grace Kelly, Linda Eder and Andy Narell. He has also performed live with Rosa Passos and Michael Brecker, Toninho Horta and Chucho Valdes and Filo Machado. With Paquito and Dave Samuels, he appears in “Calle 54” (Miramax), a Latin Jazz documentary. He was a Grammy nominee for his composition “Deep Six”, and was also nominated for a Grammy for the same. Walker is currently working on a solo album, “The Rhythm of the Americas Project”, with a nine-piece ensemble. It features his original Latin American jazz compositions. He was also awarded the rank of Professor by Berklee College of Music for his teaching of South American and Caribbean rhythms. He is currently offering an independent online drum set course by subscription at He is also the author and publisher of “World Jazz Drumming”, an instructional book on drum sets. from

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