Global Jazz Project presents Traditional to avant-garde jazz infused with world music concepts, giving global jazz free and experimental dimensions.
Global Jazz Project's founder and leader Mark Hershberger was born and raised in the Detroit, Michigan area. He cites as his influences John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Eric Dolphy, Sonny Rollins and Sam Sanders. For the past forty years Mark Hershberger has been involved in music: composing, arranging and performing jazz at local, regional and national levels. He is fortunate to have studied jazz saxophone with renowned saxophonist Sam Sanders. He was mentored and influenced by notable musicians: Harold McKinney, Jimmy Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Marion Hayden, Gayelynn McKinney, Eugene Mann, Damon Warmack, Marvin "Doc" Holladay, Badal Roy, Jerry LeDuff, Don Sinta, Muruga Booker, Cliff Leaman , Michael Colone, and Ed Sarath.
Mark Hershberger played horns backing up STAX legends "Sam & Dave" for various Detroit Motown appearances. In 2008, Mark joined legendary New Orleans vocalist Corliss Randall for "Jazz After Dark" in London's Soho district for a night of wild music.
The musicians of Global Jazz Project include Mark Hershberger, Jerry LeDuff, Dave Sharp, Reggie Wilson. Eugene Mann, Alina Morr, Badal Roy and other great artists from Detroit and New York. These unique musicians individually and collectively have 100 years of music performance to their credit, including international and national concerts and festivals, clubs, corporate and private events, composing, producing, arranging and performing music for festivals, concerts, film, television, radio, recordings and charity.
Global Jazz Project produces music true to our members' Detroit heritage, generally identifiable as traditional to avant-garde. With a nod to traditional jazz, Motown, funk and world music, these creative musicians join together to produce "out / inside." Percussionist Jerry LeDuff brings complex and sophisticated rhythms into arrangements highlighting the creativity and energy of Global Jazz Project members. Mark Hershberger's expressive saxophone voicings blast you into space, and he can pull you back to earthy sounds just as fluidly.
Global Jazz Project's members' individual strengths and areas of creative interest. We are putting a great amount of emphasis on two levels: traditional and contemporary ethnic rhythms along with unique and advanced earthy to electronic. Our perseverance, diligence and enthusiasm for this collaboration have exponentially increased to this date. The beauty of this collaboration is that each musician has an opportunity to express himself in the area of his greatest accomplishment and interest.
Diversity within our members makes for an interesting mix: jazz, blues and rock backgrounds, classical and European backgrounds, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Brazilian and World Culture backgrounds. All this combines with our shared Detroit roots, well-rounded music educations and insatiable drive to create something new!
Mark Hershberger - Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, alto s
Jerry LeDuff - udu, Surdo, Percussion, ocarinas, Ethnic Woodwinds, Cuica, Congas, bongos, berimbau
Eugene Mann- Alto Sax, Soprano Sax
Reggie Wilson – Drums
Alina Morr - Piano, Electric Piano
Dave Sharp - Upright Bass
Expanded Global Jazz Project Members
Gayelynn McKinney – Drums
Damon Warmack - Six String Bass / Upright Bass
Richard Smith- Electric Bass
George Kirby - Electric Guitar
• “Mother Nature Jazz Inside and Out” December 2012 - Global Jazz Project (Emusicmasters Productions 2012)
• Out of this World - Global Jazz Project Live at the 30th Annual Detroit International Jazz Festival (Emusicmasters Productions 2010)
• Global Visions (Emusicmasters Productions, 2009)
• Tour of the Planet, Global Jazz Project (Emusicmasters Productions 2009)
• Global Jazz Trio, Live at Baker's Keyboard Lounge (Emusicmasters Productions, 2005)
• Global Jazz Trio, Live at the Ark (Emusicmasters Productions 2004)
• White Christmas, Global Jazz Trio and Friends (Emusicmasters Productions 2003)
• World of Survivors (Emusicmasters Productions 2001)