Mark Griffith is currently the drummer with Heads Up International recording artists the Jaco Pastorius Big Band. In 2003 he recorded the album, "Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Word of Mouth Revisited". It spent 2 weeks at number one on the jazz airplay charts, ended up as the number three album on the jazz airplay charts for all of 2003 with over 8000 plays, and sold well over 50,000 copies worldwide. It also received the prestigious Jazz Week Record of the Year award for 2004.
In 2005 the Jaco Pastorius Big Band recorded their second album for Heads Up titled "The Word is Out!". The album was released in March of 2006, and again won the Jazz Week Record of the Year award for 2006. The band has toured the world playing the major jazz festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, and the Montreal Jazz Festival. They have been to Japan, Belgium, and have played numerous festivals and clubs across the U.S.
Other notable recording credits Mark has are three albums for guitarist Randy Bernsen (Zawinul Syndicate) on the MCA label, an album for saxophonist Ritchie Conn, tracks for composer and keyboardist Ray Lyon, and projects for radio, Vegas style shows, and demo projects for local artists in the South Florida area.
Over Mark’s 30 year career, he has performed with an impressive array of well known artists and celebrities including Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Stan Getz, the Bee Gees, Jimmy Haslip, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Will Lee, Dizzy Gillespie, Kevin Mahogany, Cyrus Chestnut, Hiram Bullock, David Clayton Thomas, Richard Bona, Gerald Veasley, Perry Como, Rich Little, Don Rickles, Phyllis Diller, Bob Newhart, and many others.
Mark is also an accomplished studio engineer, and is a graduate of the Audio Engineering Technology program at SAE Institute in Miami, FL. He has recorded and engineered numerous projects by bands and artists in Florida and Portland, Oregon, and was chief engineer at Hula Studios in Fort Lauderdale in 2008. Mark now does all of his work out of his studio in his new home of Portland, Oregon.