"His pants are loose but his playing is tight." - A Beat fan from Newcastle, England
That's Al Keith, Mark Tyson, Perry Ostrin and Eric Endo.
Mark London Sims’ passion is creating music. On Sundays he is playing piano as the musical director for the Saint Lawrence Choir in Watts, California. As a professional musician based in Los Angeles Mark is either doing sessions or gigging during the week. Last year he played bass on Grammy winner former lead singer of Black Uhuru Mychal Rose’s #1 single ‘Glory to Jah.’ Mark also worked with the legendary Dub sound engineer Scientist.
With an unyielding commitment to live music, Mark has played shows throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. In addition to several U.S. tours, his schedules have included the Montreux Jazz and Afro Pfingsten World Music festivals in Switzerland, the Summerjam Reggae Festival in Germany, Colours of Ostrava in the Czech Republic, BBC Radio Big Weekend in the United Kingdom, Woodstock in Poland, with performances in Greenland, Brazil, Iceland and Taiwan.
His experience includes playing on over 50 records. He has had the benefit of playing with Don Cherry (Ornette Coleman), Joe Higgs (Bob Marley), Stevie Wonder, Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath (Heath Brothers, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock), Charles Neville (Neville Bros), Percy Sledge, Ralph McDonald, Robert Greenidge (Jimmy Buffet), The Watts Prophets, Boujou Badialy Cissoko, The Mighty Sparrow, Floyd Domino (Asleep at the Wheel), Calypso Rose, Ken 'Professor' Philmore, Baron, Wei Wei Wuu, Aziz Faye, Sonja Marie, The Eels, Nels Cline (Wilco), Rocky Dawuni, Mark Nauseef (Thin Lizzy), L. Shankar, Ben Harper, David Torn, Andrae Alexander, the Untouchables and the English Beat.
Mark has a B.A. in Music Composition from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. in Jazz Composition from California Institute of the Arts.