NICKEL A DANCE is a free series of Sunday afternoon jazz concerts each spring and fall, that is a hit with children, families, seniors, and the general dancing public that don’t tend to go to night clubs. It attracts a diverse group of fans that meet on Frenchmen Street to celebrate jazz as America’s original dance music while listening to the best of today’s classic jazz bands.
Mark Brooks is one of New Orleans most talented, versatile, and sought after bassists. He is also a protégée of the great Jazz Master, Alvin Batiste.
Mark attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, where he pursued a music degree along with one of his close friends, Branford Marsalis, who later as well as Mark moved on to further his professional career.
Mark has toured with an array of artist ranging from Jazz, Blues, R&B, to Gospel. Just to name a few, Mark has worked with Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Henry Butler, Charles and Aaron Neville, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and recently he’s started working with the Fats Domino Band.
Mark has to his credit numerous recordings and appearances on local television shows, but his most highlighted musical moments were the opportunities to appear on screen and sound track of Clint Eastwood Film the Bridges of Madison County, The Regis and Kathy Lee show and this recent appearance in the movie Ray Charles life story “Ray”.
Mark has recently finished an episode in the HBO Special “Treme” and the trailer and several episodes in the TNT special “Memphis Beats. Mark exemplify both team and leadership skills which keep him in demand. You can be sure they’re more exciting musical credits to come.
Mark also proudly use and endorse GHS Bass Strings, Fender Instruments and David Eden Line of Bass Amplifiers for all his professional endeavors.