Band to Join, Vocalist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Harmonica, Flute, Banjo, Fiddle, Trombone, Upright bass, Accordion, Ukulele, Clarinet.


A little history:

I started playing 'old-timey' banjo in 1963 (there was a brief quarrel with the clarinet in the mid-to-late '50s). Then I bought a 12-string guitar in 1964 to be like Leadbelly. I also picked-up a bit of veena and koto. I arrived in California long, long ago as a singer/performer/instructor in a Jogya-style gamelan.

I have degrees in composition and ethnomusicology, but these days I function as a self-taught aural musician. Older musics are fun and exciting in and of themselves, and my experience with free-jazz and aleatory composition has given me a basis for appreciating them that is somewhat different than many other musicians.

You are free to contact me on Google email using "reverend (dot) mark (dot) j". I am an ordained minister (Universal Life Church), but the moniker actually came from a bevy of Oakland AME church-ladies in the early 1970s ("Don' he talk jus' like a reverend?").

I play for fun, and love to share with an audience. Ragtime, "race" music, swing, folk, be-bop & doo-wop. Definitely acknowledge the need to rehearse, but prefer not to do the same thing every time...

Screen name:
Member since:
Nov 06 2016
Active within 24 hours
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week


Frederic Rzewski, Sam Rivers, John Fahey, Kyi Notoprojo, John Cage, Rosetta Tharpe.

Currently in my (solo) repertoire you'll hear numbers by Buddy Johnson, Sammy Timberg, Herbie Hancock, George Gershwin, The Delmore Brothers, Carole King, Andy Kirk, and Leadbelly...

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Acoustic Guitar:
Vocalist - Baritone:
Background Singer:


Guitars: Yamaha Martin Taylor model archtop, CF Martin acoustic dread, Cort 'Matt Murphy', Ibanez AF75 with Kent Armstrong custom-wound p/u's

Other instruments I have and play: banjo, octve guitar, ukule'le, mandolin, bandurria, lap steel, sitar, cello. Also around the house: clarinets, trumpet, pianos, saxophones (Eb & Bb), &c...

Amps: Polytone Taurus, Bugera 22, ZT Acoustic (when you're 70 you appreciate light equipment).

Microphones: EV ND76, Shure and AT headsets