Mark began playing jazz as a teenager in Daytona Beach, Florida. Continuing his education in Boston and New York, Mark studied with Hall Overton, Herb Pomeroy and Jaki Byard, before moving to California in 1966.
A key phase in Mark's education was a year spent in Woody Shaw's quartet. Every night was serious school, says Mark.
Mark spent significant time working with Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell, David Liebman and Harold Land, composing all the while. Joe recorded two of Mark's tunes on Canyon Lady, the late tenor giant's only Latin jazz album. Mark returned the favor by playing two of Joe's classic compositions, Inner Urge, and A Shade Of Jade, on his 2000 release, Serengeti.
His interest in Latin jazz led to work with Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, Moacir Santos, Francisco Aguabella, Pete Escovedo, and Cal Tjader (including Cal's Grammy- winning Concord Jazz recording La Onda Va Bien).
Mark has continued to pursue the Latin side of his craft, attending Centro Nacional de Escuela de Arte in Havana, Cuba in 1997.
Twice, Mark has been the recipient of a National Endowment For The Arts Grants (1975 and 1977) and was awarded a Jammie as Best Bay Area Jazz trombonist, 1983-1984 (no, he no longer plays trombone, but he has taken up the gimbri, a Moroccan 3-stringed lute).
Grammy Nominee 2003
Grammy Winner (w Cal Tjader) 1981
Latin Grammy Nominee 2010
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Mark Levine is a wellspring of knowledge on modern jazz piano playing... his brilliant playing is proof that he knows what he's talking about.
-- Mulgrew Miller
The preeminent Latin jazz quartet found north of Havana.
-- Luis Tamargo (Latin Beat)
...absolutely incredible and inspired. the best record I've heard in a long time.
-- Donald Brown
Mark's new CD is a CLASSIC.
-- Ray Vega
Willing to teach
The Jazzschool Institute, Berkeley, CA beginiing Fall 2009
San Francisco Conservatory of Music 1992 - present
The Jazzschool, Berkeley, CA, 1997-present
Monterey Jazz Festival Foundation Traveling Clinicians,
2003 - 2007
University of California at Berkeley, 1997 - 2007
Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camps 1977-2002
Stanford Jazz Workshop, Stanford, CA 1982-2004
Jazz Camp West 1982-2002
Jazz Studio Summer Camp, Belgium 1993-2004
Educational consultant, �The Real Easy Book, Vol. I and II,