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Mark Saltman

Mark SaltmanBassist Mark Z. Saltman, composer, educator, general sci-fi and anime nut currently resides in Washington, DC. He is the co-founder of SaltmanKnowles, a group which features all original compositions. Their releases Yesterday’s Man and Return of The Composer both made top 30 national Jazz and World Jazz charts respectively.

Mark had the fortune of studying composition with Yusef Lateef, and bass with E. Midge Pike and Salvatore Macchia Nat Reeves and Richie Hartt but doesn’t want them to take the blame for what he does.

He is currently enjoying music from Sting, Ray Brown, Christian McBride, Steely Dan, Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Israeli crew of Jazz musicians.

Mark also is a proponent of the concept of Synaesthesia – ‘combining or correlating music and color’.

Currently, along with freelancing and teaching Concert Band in Public School, he is working on the score for the re-release of the silent film The Maniac Chase.

You can find out more about him, including some of his music and latest CD at

Articles by Mark Saltman:

  • Bottoms Up: Another Look at Paul Chambers – “Tale of The Fingers”

    Bottoms Up: Another Look at Paul Chambers – “Tale of The Fingers”

    This is your friendly neighborhood bass columnist bringing you the second half of a look at Mr. Paul Chambers (or for short, “Mr. P.C.”) I hope you got a chance to play through “Mopp Shoe Blues” from last time, and try a bit of Chambers’ solo. As I said last time, this is one of... »

  • Bottoms Up: Breaking Down Paul Chambers’ “Mopp Shoe Blues”

    Bottoms Up: Breaking Down Paul Chambers’ “Mopp Shoe Blues”

    Today I’d like to talk about another historical great who I’m sure is familiar to many, Mr. Paul Chambers (1935-1969). I think I have a treat for some folks who already know about him: a transcription of a tune called “Mopp Shoe Blues” off the record First Bassman. “P.C.”, as he is commonly known in... »

  • A Look at Oscar Pettiford’s “Tricotism”

    I’d like to give a big thanks to everyone for their encouraging words on my first column; John Goldsby shared that he and John Patitucci have recorded “Bohemia After Dark”, and I’d encourage folks to take a listen to their respective versions of the tune. Now, back to the show. In our second installment on... »

  • Bottoms Up: Melodies in Bass

    Bottoms Up: Melodies in Bass

    Hi, nice to meet all of you. I’m here to discuss melodies in the bass: bass lines as part of tunes and great melodies written by bass players, and maybe a few surprises thrown in. In this column I’ll be discussing one of the all time great bass players in history who also penned more... »