Detroit Composers Collective is a group of Detroit musicians who are dedicated to recording, performing, and archiving original music composed by Detroit jazz artists. The focus of our ensemble is both cultural and educational, with the goal of celebrating the master jazz players of Detroit and their contributions to the rich musical tradition of the city.
Mark Lipson has proved himself an integral member of the Detroit jazz community, performing with 3 generations of musicians over five decades. An accomplished drummer, composer, arranger, and producer, his early teachers include Marcus Belgrave, Harold McKinney, Marv “Doc” Holladay, and Rob Pipho. He later studied music theory, arranging, and composing with Chris Collins, Matthew Schoendorff, and Jon Anderson at Wayne State University. Mark has performed with Dizzy Gillespe, Dwight Adams, Robert Hurst, Wendell Harrison, and Kathy Kosins, among many others. A partial list of venues at which he has performed includes the Detroit-Montreux Jazz Festival, Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, The Dirty Dog, Cliff Bells, and innumerable neighborhood clubs.