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Mark Sherman: Truth Of Who I Am

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AAJ: Explorations in Time and Space (Chesky, 2011) right?

MS: Yeah, it's kind of an interesting out project that Dave put together. We did that and I got close with Lenny because we hung in the studio for two days. So I called [White] for Project Them and we went to Europe for a nice tour. We did about 10 days worth of gigs and it was great. When we got back, we had another tour and for logistical reasons we had to switch to Adam Nussbaum because Lenny wasn't available. Adam and I bonded really strongly. We come from Elvin and we come from the same place in many ways and it was just fun.

Coincidentally, we ended up recording at the end of nine concerts with that band with Adam and Martin Gjakonovski who was the bassist. We got Martin because we needed a European bassist [due] to the budget. Martin had played with Adam on some other situations and I decided [Gjakonovski] would be a good call. So we went with him and we did the tour—both with Lenny and Adam. He's an excellent bassist and he lives in Cologne, Germany.

[Gjakonovski] did the two tours and the end of the second tour we just recorded. We did another tour this year; we returned about a month and a half ago from Europe for about eight days in Switzerland. The record is doing okay.

AAJ: Congratulations on the new record again. Is there anything coming up in the near future for you?

MS: I'm waiting to find out if I'm going to have a record date to find out if I'm going to play with Kenny Barron. It's possible that we might do a CD. I'm hoping that will pan out and we have a few other gigs for other promoters. We'll see what happens; that would be fun.

I'm also touring this summer with Project Them and we're also touring somewhere else in the world—I don't know where—in November. We have some new agents that are working for us. I think we're also playing Blues Alley in May? I also have to finish out the school year. I have a lot of students coming to my house for private lessons.

AAJ: Are they mostly from Juilliard or are they students from outside the school as well?

MS: They're additional private students and I teach from Skype too. I have a lot in my studio plus I go to Juilliard to teach vibes. I also teach at Jersey City and at New York Jazz Workshop where I [teach] their combo on Monday nights for two hours. So it's a bunch of teaching and it keeps me busy when I'm in town. It's going well; I love teaching and I learn from it. I feel like I learn when I teach. I practice a lot... when I can.

Selected Discography
Tim Hegarty, Tribute (Miles High, 2014);
Project Them, Project Them (Miles High, 2013);
Mark Sherman, The L.A Sessions (Miles High, 2012);
Jerry Costanzo, Can't We Be Friends (Daywood Drive, 2011)
Lenny White, Mark Sherman, Jamey Haddad, Explorations In Space And Time (Chesky, 2011;)
Mark Sherman, Good Rhythm Good Vibes (Miles High, 2010);
Mark Sherman, Family First (Miles High, 2007);
Lena Horne, Seasons of a Life(Blue Note, 2006);
Mark Sherman, One Step Closer (Miles High, 2005);
Mark Sherman, The Motive Series (Miles High, 2004);
Ronny Jordan, After 8 (Blue Note, 2004);
Ann Hampton Callaway, Slow (Schanachie, 2004);
Liza Minelli, Liza's Back (J Records, 2002);
Rodney Jones, Undiscovered Few (Blue Note, 1999);
Mark Sherman, Spiral Staircase (Miles High, 1999);
Mark Sherman, Spiral Staircase (Miles High, 1998);
Larry Coryell, Sketches of Coryell (Schanachie, 1996);
Larry Coryell, I'll Be Over You (CTI, 1994);
Ruth Brown, Songs Of My Life (Fantasy, 1993);
Peggy Lee, Love Held Slightly (Capitol, 1993);
Peggy Lee, Peggy Lee Songbook:There Will Never Be Another Spring (Musicmasters, 1990);
Peggy Lee, Miss Peggy Lee Sings The Blues (Musiscmasters, 1988);
Mark Sherman, A New Balance (Columbia, 1986);
Mark Sherman, Fulcrum Point (Unisphere, 1980).

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