One of many compliments paid to drummer Mark McLean describes him as an “intelligent, immensely talented musician with a curious mind and listening ear.” The observation, made by internationally renowned pianist and singer Andy Bey, is a perfect illustration of the humble musician from Toronto, Canada, whose personality is most ably manifest through his playing. McLean’s musical life began at age 9, with classical piano lessons. He started playing the drums at age 13, continuing on both until age 18 when the drums became his primary performance voice. Upon completion of his Bachelor of Performance (Jazz) degree at the University of Toronto, he taught briefly before moving to New York in 1999 to “absorb the drive and energy of the city’s legendary jazz scene.” It was there that he learned of the importance of playing with conviction from drummer and radio host Kenny Washington. Mark’s big break came in 2000 with an invitation to join Andy Bey’s band, with whom he still plays regularly. To date, Mark can be heard on more than 30 recordings and seen anchoring the rhythm section of vocalist and piano sensation Peter Cincotti (Concord), Andy Bey (N-Coded), Patti Austin, Molly Johnson (Universal) and Dewey Redman’s Quartet. He is also a member of the popular Toronto-based acid jazz/funk band, The Colour of Soul.