Mark Hendry (b.1997) is a Glasgow based bassplayer composer and arranger. At age 11 Mark received an electric bass as a Christmas present, he then fell in love with playing music and also took up the double bass at age 14 as his curiosity for jazz sparked.
In 2015 Mark was accepted to study double bass at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Jazz course where he has immersed himself in the Scottish Jazz scene.
Mark has performed in the London Jazz Festival, BBC Radio Scotland, and with many of the top young Jazz musicians emerging in the UK: Fergus McCreadie Trio, STRATA and Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Mark released his first album Esperance with his octet in April 2018. His debut release features original music from Jazz, Folk, Rock and Classical worlds, exploring improvisation and arranging in a contemporary, engaging manner. With string quartet, vocals and Jazz octet Esperance creates unique textures which blur the lines between genres. He is presented his octet at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival 2018 as part of the ‘New Wave of Scottish Jazz’.
Mark’s work as a composer has become prolific in the past 2 years, writing big band music for the 2017 Interwoven concert at RCS, and award winning piece ‘Esperance’ for the PLUG Festival 2018. He is also a recipient of the George Duncan Prize for Composition and the Joe Temperley Prize for Arranging. His most recent commission was from the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 2018 where he composed and performed two new 40 minute suites for 22 piece orchestra.