Introduction

Mark London Sims Bio


 Mark  London Sims’ passion is creating music. Inspired by his grandmother, a gospel pianist, and his cousins, the musicians for the  A.M.E. church his  family grew up in, Mark has filled his life with  joyous musical  opportunities. A native of Southern California, he grew  up on soul music  from the 60’s and 70’s. While his parents were at  work, he’d spin  Motown records on his grandmother’s record player. At  11, his big chance  came to play guitar when his uncle needed money to  go to Grambling  College in Louisiana. Mark's uncle sold him an electric  guitar for  eleven dollars. Unable to afford lessons, Mark bought a  couple of guitar  books and taught himself music.

From that   point until now,  Mark’s relationship with music has been ever-growing  stronger and  unbroken. While an undergraduate in the College of  Creative Studies at  the University of California, Santa Barbara, Mark  started a couple of  jazz groups for which he composed music. At the  same time he started  playing bass because he couldn't find a bass  player for his groups. It  was then while practicing in his dorm room  that he fell in love with the  bass.

After  graduating at the top of his class with a Master’s  degree in Jazz  Performance and Composition from California Institute of  the Arts, Mark  based himself in Los Angeles where he enjoys playing with  a multitude  of awe-inspiring musicians. From Brazilian to Americana,  rock to  African music, blues to gospel and jazz to reggae, Mark has   continuously worked as a bassist and composer for over two decades.

With  an  unyielding commitment to live music, Mark has played shows  throughout  Europe, North America and Asia. 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, Woodstock in Poland and a performances in  Greenland and  Taiwan. He has worked 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 , The Untouchables, Mark Nauseef (Thin Lizzy),  L. Shankar, Dave Wakeling (English Beat) and Ben Harper.

Mark also appears on over 50 recordings. He plays bass on the Grammy-nominated Rocky Dawuni album, 'Branches of the Same Tree.'  He has written, recorded and produced two albums under his name,   'Strange Groove Picnic' and 'Limited Expression.' Several others bear   his original compositions. One such record, ‘Dark' was honored as one  of  Billboard Magazine's top 30 Classic Progressive Music recordings of  the  twentieth century.