Mark Meadows To Lead Jelly's Last Jam at Signature Theater
Mark G. Meadows as Jelly Roll Morton.
"That's How You Jazz" - Dance Magazine

Mark G. Meadows as Jelly Roll Morton. "That's How You Jazz" - Dance Magazine

November 2014 Issue of Downbeat Magazine

November 2014 Issue of Downbeat Magazine

Reviews of To The People

"...Meadows brings forth a joyful and triumphant sound that seeks to yank down the walls of oppression like Joshua at Jericho."
Review by The DCist - April 2016
This album is the new musical anthem for social justice”

Reviews of Somethin' Good

Review By Jazz Times - February 2015

"Mark is a gifted musician. He possesses a strong mastery of the piano and electric keyboard. He has a level of creativity that will define him amongst others in his generation.  Mr. Meadows is a young man full of integrity and character. I have seen him consistently bring joy to any environment he is placed in."

-Cyrus Chestnut 


"One of the best records I've heard in a long time. Mark clearly demonstrates a wide variety of styles, neat arrangements and shows his mastery of the piano....along with a few vocal surprises. Clearly a pianist to watch out for".
 
-Warren Wolf



December, 2014 - Jazz Sensibilities by Jeff Baker 


"Mark Meadows is an up-and-coming pianist and vocalist who is also a skilled songwriter. He began playing piano when he was three, studied classical piano while growing up in Dallas, started playing jazz as a teenager, and in 2008 made his first album, A Child Is Born. In 2011 Meadows earned a degree in jazz piano from the Peabody Conservatory. Since then, he has been based in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area. 
On Somethin’ Good, Mark Meadows is joined on various selections by guitarist Paul Bollenback, altoist Brent Birckhead, bassist Eric Wheeler, drummer Eric Kennedy, guest vibraphonist Warren Wolf and singers Lena Seikaly and Christie Dashiell. The music is comprised mostly of originals plus fresh versions of “Come Together,” “Rock With You,” “Groovin’ High” and “Lush Life.”
 
The opener, the Beatles’ “Come Together,” is reharmonized and given a funky bass line that modernizes the song. Altoist Birckhead gets to wail a bit on the atmospheric “Just Imagine.”  “Rock With You,” which was associated with Michael Jackson, in this rendition utilizes tricky accents and rhythms. The medium-up post bop cooker “Somethin’ Good” has challenging chord changes that inspire fine solos by Bollenback, Meadows and Birckhead.
 
The brooding jazz waltz “Once Upon A Purple Night” creatively utilizes the voice of Christie Dashiell as part of the ensemble. Warren Wolf’s vibes add a lot to that performance “Less Catchy” (a great title for a song) is a driving piece that is followed by “Way Up Here.” The latter has a powerful piano solo by Meadows, excellent Wolf vibes, and assertive playing by drummer Kennedy. “For You” and “Get Lost” feature fine pop/jazz vocals by Meadows while a very intriguing version of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Groovin’ High” has constantly changing tempos that make the standard sound quite unpredictable. Somethin’ Good concludes with Mark Meadows’ piano showcase on “Lush Life.”
 
Somethin’ Good lives up to its name and is a strong step forward for Mark Meadows."

-August, 2014 - CD Review by Scott Yanow 
 
"Somethin’ Good from pianist/vocalist Mark Meadows establishes the D.C. native as an outstanding talent to watch and listen for. His debut recording is a nice mix of styles, all connected by his playing, writing and/or arranging talents. The music has a freshness about it, even as he covers standards and contemporary pop tunes.The lyrical style of his original compositions is as entertaining as the covers. Meadows also has vocal skills that have an appeal beyond the more traditional jazz bounds. The Maryland-based performer surrounds himself with a stellar cast on this effort, including Paul Bollenback on guitar, Warren Wolf on vibraphone, Brent Birckhead on sax, Eric Wheeler on bass and Eric Kennedy on drums. The project also features vocalists Christie Dashiell and Lena Seikaly on several tunes. This is a terrific recording launch for an extremely talented artist."

-July 8th, 2014 - Jazz Page Article by Glenn D.

"Ah, another shrink that gets his degree and then kicks it with jazz piano in fine form. Started at a early age when his pop gave him a Casio keyboard at age 3, Meadows may have opted for security first, but his status as a jazzbo in the DC area makes it look like the
degree is a safety net he really won't need to jump into. A fine example of the old school playing that used to turn everybody on before the major labels decided everything had to swing for the fences, this set of contemporary jazz with a modern edge has just the right amount of darkness to it to make this perfect night sounds. Solid stuff that would make his pop proud that his own jazzbo instincts were right on the money."

-Chris Spector, Midwest Record
 
July 2014 - Mark Meadows Named Strathmore's New Artist in Resident for the 2014-2015 Season