Trombonist and Composer

Mark McGrain, New Orleans trombonist & composer

Mark McGrain, New Orleans trombonist & composer

Mark McGrain is a New Orleans based trombonist, composer, and educator.  He is the leader of the critically acclaimed trio Plunge and a busy instrumentalist and arranger for many New Orleans artists, including backing singer John Boutté (since 2006) and frequently in duo with pianist Matt Lemmler.  Formerly on the faculty of Berklee College of Music, Mr. McGrain is the author of the text book Music Notation (Hal Leonard pub.)

"Trenchant virtuosity with keen lyricism."--Raul da Gama, 

"Soulful, vivacious. A daring trombonist."--DownBeat Magazine

"[one of] the most forward-leaning musicians in New Orleans."--Tom Jacobsen,

"McGrain proves that jazz trombone, while still owing a debt to J.J. Johnson), has traveled far during the past 70 years."--Scott Yanow, JAZZIZ



Photographer: Cheryl Gerber