Known as the Quincy Jones of his generation, Mark Lomax, II is quickly becoming synonymous with genre defying excellence. A master drummer, producer, composer, and lecturer Lomax creates music that uplifts and ‘edutains’ people of all ages.
As a drummer Lomax has led his own groups and has been featured as a member of the Marlon Jordan Quintet, the Delfeayo Marsalis Sextet, The Ellis Marsalis Quintet, and the Azar Lawrence/Edwin Bayard Quintet. He has also performed with legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, and saxophonists Billy Harper, Bennie Maupin, Victor Goines, and Wessel ‘Warm Daddy’Anderson. Mark has also toured with many local and regional bands playing a wide variety of styles from folk, blues, and rock to funk, gospel, r&b, and hip-hop. Mark has penned over 200 compositions for many genres including jazz, gospel, and classical. His orchestral arrangements of gospel songs have been played by the Nashville Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Akron Symphony. His jazz pieces, which run the gamut from ‘head’ arrangements to extended compositions, have been performed, and recorded by his premier performing ensembles: The Mark Lomax Quartet, The Mark Lomax Trio, The Lomax-Bayard Trio, and his 30 piece chamber group The Afro-chamber Ensemble. Lomax has produced eight recordings as a leader/producer/arranger for his BMR label ranging in styles from jazz (traditional/avant-garde/contemporary) to gospel music for children.
In addition to performing and composing, Mark has taught college preparatory theory classes in the Columbus Public School system. He has developed general music and music history curricula for the Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Camp program and the Directions for Youth and Families program that targets ‘at risk’ youth and teens. Lomax is also a highly sought after lecturer in the musicological field of cultural ethnomusicology specializing in the socio-political, and spiritual aspect of African-American art musics.
Lomax is completing a Doctor of Music Arts in composition at The Ohio State University. He has studied composition with Dr. Thomas Wells, Alvin Batiste, and Dr. Raymond Wise. He is a member of the Society of Composers, Inc., and BMI. Mark is husband to Ruth-Marie and father to Amirah Joy (7) and Lailah Grace.