Mark Deffenbaugh is an innovative and provocative Jazz Artist and Educator. As a keyboardist, composer and producer, he has turned the heads of many of the most talented and famous personalities in Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop, and R&B.
Mark began his career at the early age of 16. He started played gigs in the Washington D.C. area and within a few short years, he had numerous television and live performances to his credit.
While attending The Berklee College of Music, Mark studied with Jazz Great, Gary Burton. Gary took Mark under his wing and became an important figure in Mark's life. Through this mentorship, Mark developed relationships with such names, as McCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker, Peter Eirskin, John Schofield, Carla Bley, Makoto Ozone, Steve Swallow and others.
Mark returned to the Washington D.C. area after an injury to his hands. He spent many years rebuilding his chops, working as a music teacher, studio engineer and producer. Mark has composed hundreds of pieces of music, including Sonata for Vibraphone and Guitar and numerous pieces for the various world famous acts and groups that he has worked with over the years. He has created lyrics and arrangements for live shows and recordings that have included the most recognizable names in the popular music world.
Mark also served on The Board Of Directors and the Musical Director of The Ben E King Stand By Me Foundation for five years.
His list of performance credits include: Ben E King, The O'Jays, Baby Washington, Lloyd Price, Gary US Bonds, Chuck Jackson, Bill Pinkney (The Original Drifters), Little Anthony and The Imperials, Bobby Bennett, The Spinners Fay Hauser-Price, Clifton Davis, Don Gardner, Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Louis Price (former lead singer The Drifters/Temptations), Beverly Crosby, Mavis Staples, Richard Roundtree (Shaft), Speedo and Cadillacs, Peabo Bryson, Shirley Alston Reeves (The Shirelles), Charley Thomas (The Drifters), Martha Reeves (formerly of the Vandellas), Freda Payne, Gerald Alston and Blue Lovette (The Manhattans), Chuck Barksdale and Vern Allison (The Dells), Dennis Edwards (formerly of the Temptations), Harvey Fuqua (Moonglows) and Maxine Brown.
Mark is currently maintaining a busy teaching schedule, producing new music for a solo projects. He is also the CEO of DreamLand Records, an independent record label dedicated to Jazz and Electronic Music, located in the Washington D.C. area.