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Mark LanterMark Lanter, MM University of Alabama, BA Music University of Alabama at Birmingham, musician, drum set, vocalist, educator, author, producer, mentor, and wilderness enthusiast has been a working musician for decades with a steady schedule of touring, recording, and teaching.

Currently, he tours and performs with the Black Jacket Symphony, Eat a Peach, Bonus Round, Heavy Early, The Crimson Quartet, as well as hosting his own concert series, The Maverick Lounge Series, featuring a live “Rocumentary” performances of select icons of popular art music. His most recent published recordings include Sam Pointer’s What Good is Money (2021), as producer and drum set on the album project Big Band of Brothers, a Jazz Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band, on New West Records (2019). It has garnered favorable reviews worldwide including Jazziz Magazine, and Downbeat Magazine.

Other recent recordings include two releases on Sweet Soul Records as co-producer, composer, and drum set with Gabriel Tajeu’s Southern Skies (2016), and Finding My Way (2013), Anita Besong’s Songs in the Key of Love (2017), the film score of Tom Wolfe’s Service To Man, and The Steve Sample Legacy Project, GRL-SGS Records (2016), and Henris Notions, Trip to the Cottage(2008).

Over the years he has performed and/or recorded with Mose Allison, Michael Hedges, Giamcomo Gates, Mundel Lowe, Eric Essix, Microwave Dave, Topper Price, and the Upsetters, Tom Wolfe, Willie King, Big Bo, and Little Whit, James Peterson, Ed Miller, Chuck Redd, Robert Redd, Brian McNeill, Ken Watters, Marlon Jordon, Vova Nova, Otiel Burbridge, Henri’s Notions, Simon Gulliver, Ron McCurdy, Marc Martel, John Allred, Arnel Pineda, Phillip Pillips, Daniel Platzman, Randall Bramlett, and many, others.

As an educator, he teaches adjunct in Jazz Studies at the University of Alabama, and his own hybrid Music Appreciation class with an emphasis on The Beatles, African American Music, and Jazz Appreciation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

He is also a regular performer in residence at the W.C. Handy Blues and Jazz festival and teaches the Handy Jazz Camp. Mark Lanter resides in Birmingham, Alabama where he also teaches private drum set lessons at his home studio.