Mark Lanter

Performing professionally since the age of 14, Mark Lanter has maintained a busy and varied musical career. As one of the top drum set players in the southeastern region, he continues a steady schedule of performance and teaching. His first recordings appeared while in high school with Trans Improvisation artists Davey Williams and LaDonna Smith. Pataphisical Reveue (Alcohol Records) and From the One That Cut You have maintained a steady cult following since the late 1970s. While attending the University of Alabama he traveled and recorded with numerous regional acts including legendary Muscle Shoals recording artist Tippy Armstrong. In the years that followed, Lanter has performed and/or recorded with such notables including Michael Hedges, Mose Alison, Eric Essix (Nova Records), Vova Nova (Chameleon Records), Mundel Lowe, Giacomo Gates, Boots Randolph, James Peterson, Willi King, Big Bo and Little Whit, Microwave Dave, Tom Wolfe, Ken Watters, Topper Price and the Upsetters, Otiel Burbridge, Chuck Redd, Robert Redd, Victor Atkins, Marlon Jordan, Stephanie Jordan, Rachel Jordan, Kent Jordan, Ed Miller, Brian McNeill, Vladislav Lavrik and Maxim Rubtsov from the Russian National Symphony, Simon Gulliver many others. Recent tours include a tour in Colombia South America with the UA Jazz Faculty (2008), and a tour of Israel with Henri’s Notions headlining the Jacob’s Ladder festival (2010). He is also a regular performing with numerous jazz artists at the W.C. Handy Blues and Jazz festival in Florence Alabama. Most recent recordings include Tom Wolfe, Simple Peace, 2001 and regional independent artists Downright, Downright, 2001, and Hidden Agenda, 2003, Henri’s Notions, Trip To The Cottage, 2007,and Right Action Figures,2008, the Crimson Quartet,2010,and Producer, Co-Writer and Performer on Gabriel Tajeu’s debut album 2012 . He currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama performing sold out shows with The Black Jacket Symphony, Henri’s Notions, the UA Jazz Faculty, and his own groups Bonus Round, The Peytones, while teaching private lessons and Jazz Studies at the University of Alabama, and African American Music, Jazz History, and Music Appreciation at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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