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Mark Colby

Mark has performed with Gerry Mulligan, Jaco Pastorius, Frank Sinatra, Maynard Ferguson, Bob James, Charlie Haden and Mose Allison. He is a first call studio musician, and has played on over 2,000 commercials in the competitive Chicago market. He has been a jazz faculty member at DePaul University since 1983, as well as Elmhurst College. Currently, he is performing as a guest soloist and clinician/ adjudicator at high schools and colleges throughout the United States representing the Selmer Company.

I've been listenting to Mark Colby for twenty years, and I've seen him grow into a master of the saxophone and master of the music he plays." ~Stan Getz

"Mark was a great asset to our event, providing incisive comments and excellent clinic work

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New Standard Jazz Orchestra: Waltz About Nothing

Read "Waltz About Nothing" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Since trumpeter Rob Parton's superlative JazzTech Big Band left the scene more than a decade ago, Chicagoans have been left to wonder when, or even if, another ensemble of that caliber would arrive to fill the void left by its departure. In 2020, their hopes were realized with the formation of the New Standard Jazz Orchestra, ...

Article: Interview

Roberto Magris: "Il jazz è un veicolo per contenuti elevati"

Read "Roberto Magris: "Il jazz è un veicolo per contenuti elevati"" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Nato a Trieste nel 1959, Roberto Magris è dai primi anni ottanta uno dei jazzmen italiani più attivi all'estero, tra i pochissimi a collaborare con i musicisti dell'Est Europa quando esisteva ancora la cosiddetta “cortina di ferro." Dei suoi organici ricordiamo il MUH trio, il Gruppo Jazz Marca, l'Europlane Orchestra, il DMA Urban Jazz Funk e ...

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Roberto Magris: Shuffling Ivories

Read "Shuffling Ivories" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In 2018, while he was in Chicago to record his ninth album, Suite!, for JMood Records, pianist Roberto Magris was introduced by tenor saxophonist Mark Colby to bassist Eric Hochberg, an artist with whom Magris formed an almost immediate bond. After performing together at Chicago's Jazz Showcase, Magris and Hochberg decided they should record together, and ...

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You Must Believe In Spring

Label: Southport Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: You Must Believe In Spring; A Night in Tunisia; Joy Spring; A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing; A Sleepin' Bee; Manhattan; Heaven; Just You, Just Me; Midnight at the Starlight Haunted Ballroom; Estate; Devil May Care; Tis Autumn; Tristeza.

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Roberto Magris: Suite!

Read "Suite!" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Roberto Magris, the Italian pianist who spends a good bit of time in the United States, records prolifically. His latest release is a 2CD set that covers a lot of ground, encompassing sparkling hard bop, spiritual jazz, solo piano work and soulful excursions that feature electric keyboards. For much of the CD Magris plays ...

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A Night in Tunisia

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Label: Southport Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 03:58

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Sun Stone

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Label: JMOOD* Records
Released: 2019
Duration: 11:00

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Sunset Breeze

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Label: JMOOD* Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 10:36

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Roberto Magris: Suite!

Read "Suite!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


When appraising a new recording by Roberto Magris, Rule No. 1 is always to expect the unexpected. On eighteen previous albums, the Italian-born pianist has produced tributes to Lee Morgan, Elmo Hope and Cannonball Adderley, welcomed guest artists Herb Geller, Sam Reed and Ira Sullivan, and led groups ranging from trio to septet, all for Kansas ...


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