is a collection of Mark’s original blues compositions that reflect his Kansas City heritage, as well as his mastery of classic blues styles from Chicago and the Deep South. Mark’s rich baritone and multi-instrumental chops (guitar, bass and harmonica) bring to life his uniquely twisted observations of love and life. Produced by Max Berry for Enneagram Records, and featuring an outstanding ensemble of Kansas City’s finest blues and jazz musicians, this set is sure to be a hit with blues lovers everywhere. Chuck Haddix of KCUR radio had this to say about Mark’s new CD, “With
Town Topic Montgomery and Berry cook up a tasty dish spiced with wry humor and served up with stellar musicianship.
Mark and Max recently represented Kansas City at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and they will continue to tour
in support of Mark’s new release.
In 1993 Mark and three musicians formed the Mo City Jumpers, so named by BB’s Barbeque proprietor,
Lindsay Shannon. In an effort to capture the essence of swing music the piano and saxophone quartet played authentic music derived from Kansas City’s sons of jazz, Jay “Hootie” McShann, Big Joe Turner,
Claude “Fiddler” Williams and many others. The marriage of jazz and blues music in Kansas City along with the influence of New Orleans rhythm has provided Mark with a wealth of material and musicians from
which to draw influence. In 1999 the Mo City Jumpers produced their recording “Jammin’ Kansas City Style” and in 2003 Mark recorded his CD “Honey” which includes guitarist, Bill Dye, playing slide
and steel guitars. Mark is a songwriter and a vocalist. He plays a variety of instruments including acoustic and electric bass, guitar and harmonica. His work includes solo appearances, hosting jam sessions, and
playing band gigs with many fine and talented Kansas City and national musicians.