Mark Baynes is a British born jazz pianist, who now lives on Auckland’s North Shore. Mark has over 15 years experience as an international artist and has enjoyed working with quality acts such as NZ hip hop artist King Kapisi, Che-Fu, Andy Vargas USA (Santana), Tim and Neil Finn, The Mint Chicks, Clay Jenkins (USA), Tony Christie (UK), Tim Beveridge, Anika Moa, Don McGlashan, Battucada Sound Machine, Tina Cross, Taisha, Annie Crummer, Tama Waipara, Bella Kalolo, Jackie Clarke, Frankie Stevens, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Topp Twins. He has been broadcast on Christmas in the Park TV3, Homegrown, Juice, Maori and Alt TV. Mark worked for 18 months in the Middle East as a Musical Director, a pianist/MD for ProShip (Canada) for two years, and has released two jazz albums under the pseudonym of ‘Ironic Trio’ (available on iTunes). Mark also collaborated with Georgia Wood to produce an album called Happenstance, by the Standard Funk Ensemble. Mark has worked with the Kid’s Music Company as a musical director, recording three albums, two of which won gold and silver at the practical pre-school Awards, UK, 2010-2011. Mark has contributed to Downbeat magazine and is currently in the process of co-creating a regular transcription/analysis column for the acclaimed website www.allaboutjazz.com. Mark currently teaches jazz at the New Zealand School of Music (Massey and Victoria Universities).
Thank you for introducing us to ACB – they were a HIT for our staff ball! They offered a great genre of music and mix of vocals. It was also great that they have worked in a number of Auckland’s key venues as this always makes my job easier dealing with professionals. I would have no hesitation recommending ACB to other companies.
Georgia and Mark have created a new dimension in our restaurant. Their performances are consistently warm, energetic and rich. Their professional approach and ability to read different audiences must also be mentioned. This duo is a serious draw card for customers.