His credit list reads like a “Who’s Who” of the jazz and pop world. He has toured or performed with The Jacksons (Michael and Janet), Diana Ross, The Spinners, The Temptations, Lou Rawls, the O’Jays, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Charlie Spivak, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis, Jr. and jazz legends Pharaoh Sanders, Jerry Coker, Art Porter, Jr., and Donald Brown. He is a member of the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame, and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Fellowship in 1986.
Mark Boling, extraordinary jazz guitarist is also is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Jazz Program at the University of Tennessee School of Music. He has earned degrees from the Berklee School of Music, Boston, Massachusetts. and the M.M. from the University of Tennessee. As a performing guitarist, he is leader of the Mark Boling Trio. They perform together in many styles and contexts – New Orleans, blues, rock, funk, free, fusion, bop, and big band – and have played regularly with great musicians like Charlie Byrd, Donald Brown, Gregory Tardy, Jerry Coker, Zim Ngqawana and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra.