Mark Earley ~ Saxophonist -
Mark Earley was born in Ross County, Ohio in 1961, and was raised in Cuyahoga Falls,. Mark started on the saxophone at age of ten, and was touring at the age of nineteen, with The Guy Lombardo Orchestra under the direction of Teddy Phillips.
After gigging around the Cleveland area with The Easy Street Band and others, he decided in 1985 to move to Denton, Texas and earn his Bachelors in Music at the University of North Texas. While in the Lone Star State, he held down regular gigs with Dallas Brass and Electric, the great R&B pianist Karl Berkebile, and The Emerald City Band. Mark then moved to the Boston area in 1994, spent two years honking and walking the bar nightly at Jake Ivory's on Lansdowne St. and then spent five years entertaining Boston’s North Shore with John Keegan and Madhouse.
In 2001 Mark joined the Providence, RI institution, and 5-time Grammy nominated, Roomful of Blues. Since that time, he has earned 6 W.C. Handy Best Horn Section in Blues awards, added another Grammy nomination (Roomful’s 5th) for the album, “That’s Right”, and another W. C. Handy award for Best Blues Band of 2004.
Mark Earley has performed in Russia, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Cyprus, Mexico, The Hague, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands, Portugal, and the islands of Madeira and the Azores, as well as in Canada and all across the United States.
Mark lives in the beautiful coastal community of Ipswich, MA and free-lances internationally as a blues and jazz saxophonist.
Throughout his career, Mark Earley has performed in musical groups and/or recorded with these artists, to name a few –
Jay McShann, Albert Collins, Louis Bellson, Joe Williams, Kim Wilson’s All-Star Blues Revue, Luther Vandross, Gerald Levert , Joey McIntyre, Bobby Brown, Johnnie Johnson, W. C. Clark, Taj Mahal, Jimmie Vaughan, Lou Ann Barton, Curits Salgado, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Ellis Hall, Dana Fuchs, The Temptations, The Coasters, Jorge Ferreira, Ronnie Baker Brooks, War, Peter Wolf, Magic Dick, J. Geils , Greg Bissonette, Rusty Bryant, Lee Konitz, Steve Berlin, Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Sean Carney, Tommy Shannon, Simon Kirke, Joe Bouchard, Elvin Bishop, Eden Brent, Marcia Ball, Eddy Clearwater, Theodis Ealey, Tommy Castro, Leon Blue, Chuck Findley, Bob Brookmeyer, David Liebman, Henry Butler, Greg "Fingers" Taylor, Urbie Green, James "Hutch" Hutchinson, Coco Montoya, Craig Handy, Michael Cain, Shelley Carroll, Brad Leali, Jeff Coffin, Gordon Beadle, Wayne Newton, Jo Ann Castle, Tony Scherr, The Four Freshman, Rudy Scaffidi Orchestra, and Red Skelton.