Apollo Theater 2014

Apollo Theater 2014

Mark Hynes is a NYC-based saxophonist and jazz educator. As well as performing in a wide variety of settings, he leads his own group, the Mark Hynes Trio/Quartet.

Growing up in Chicago, saxophonist Mark Hynes was immersed in the blues-based musical gumbo that produced such hometown heroes such as Johnny Griffin and Von Freeman.

Moving to Detroit after college, he began working with the new generation of jazz lions there, as a member of bands led by Rodney Whitaker and Bobby Battle. All night jam sessions locking horns with James Carter and the great Larry Smith, workshops with the legendary Marcus Belgrave, and his weekly residency at Bert's Marketplace honed his chops Detroit-style.

Upon moving to New York, Mark recorded and toured with The Harlem Nutcracker, featuring such jazz luminaries as Jerome Richardson, Jerry Dodgion, Britt Woodman, Dennis Irwin, and Steven Bernstein. 


standout solos from some of the musicians — most notably Mark Hynes’ dynamic confidence on the tenor saxophone
— review of "Ellington At Christmas", Apollo Theater (Broadway World, Dec. 2014)

Since then, Mark has performed with a multitude of artists: Quincy Jones, Christian McBride, Max Weinberg, Jon Faddis, Britt Woodman, Marcus Belgrave, Craig Taborn, Jon Hendricks, Dennis Irwin, Steven Bernstein, Grover Mitchell, Bobby Watson, Lew Soloff, Lizz Wright, Harold Ashby, Chuck Israels, Mgsr. John Sanders, Bill Easley, and Earl May. He is a regular member of the David Berger Jazz Orchestra and Art Baron’s The Duke’s Men.

He has appeared with the LA Phil, the New York City Ballet, Quincy Jones Orchestra, Max Weinberg Big Band, Grover Mitchell Orchestra, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Mark has appeared on stages all over the world including Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Apollo Theater, The Kennedy Center, Koch Theater of Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Town Hall, Chicago Theater, and the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. He has played jazz clubs around the globe--Birdland NYC, Birdland (Vienna), Half Note (Athens), Fasching (Stockholm), The Green Mill, Nefertiti (Goteborg), The Derby (LA), Dakota (Minneapolis) to name a few.

Mark has played orchestra pits for the Broadway shows Hairspray and All Shook Up, appeared on  the TV show Mark Twain Prize for Humor (PBS) and radio, A Prairie Home Companion. He has also appeared frequently with popular artists like James Ingram, Patti Austin, the O’Jays, Chaka Khan, Rita Moreno, and Sir Mack Rice. He has performed with the tap dancers Savion Glover and Jason Samuels Smith. 

Mark holds a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music.