Mark Peterson is a musical director, world class bassist, composer and arranger. He has performed worldwide with chart topping vocalists, for heads of state, royalty, and music and film industry icons including President Obama’s 1st Inaugural Ball, Danny Glover/Harlem Arts, Shakira, Cassandra Wilson, Gerald Albright, and Jeff Kashiwa. Recently he was named the bass player for the new Emeril Live Band.
Mark’s bass prowess and arrangements can be heard on motion picture/documentary soundtracks, such as “What We Fish For," “Mr. 3000," “As Goes Janesville," “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners," and “Through the Lens Darkly."
Recently, Mark composed the score for the Ted Caplow film, “What we fish for.” His band, The Mark Peterson Quintet, has opened for saxophonist David Sanborn and vocalist
DeeDee Bridgewater. His CD, “The Blue Room,” received strong support from national and international smooth jazz radio stations.
A graduate of the prestigious St. Louis University, Mark received a bachelors degree in psychology, minors in music performance and French. He was a student of Henry Loew, principal bassist of the St. Louis Symphony, jazz bassists Stanley Clark and John Clayton. He now resides in New Jersey. He is a member of the NJ Film Commission, NJPAC and the Montclair Film Festival and the Musicians Union Local 802.