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Mark Levine

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).

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with David Hall

Read "Take Five with David Hall" reviewed by David Hall

About David Hall David Hall is a jazz teacher and performer with a background in classical music. He studied at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. David worked as a musician in cathedrals before finding his calling in education. He is now the musical director of piano courses at Finchcocks ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Unreleased Art: Volume 9 - Art Pepper & Warne Marsh At Donte's, April 26, 1974

Read "Unreleased Art: Volume 9 - Art Pepper & Warne Marsh At Donte's, April 26, 1974" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

When any previously unheard Art Pepper is released, the event bears a bit of context. Laurie Pepper's Volume 9 addition to her Unreleased Art series is the 3-CD box Art Pepper & Warne Marsh at Donte's April 26, 1974. It contains music from late in Pepper's fallow period between the releases of Intensity (Contemporary, 1960) and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band: Game Changer

Read "Game Changer" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Yes, the idea seems rather implausible: a big band comprised of sixteen flutes and rhythm. Flutist Ali Ryerson is the catalyst and guiding hand behind the Jazz Flute Big Band (JFBB), which was formed in 2005 and has been performing at various events across the country ever since. Before dismissing it out of hand, give the ...

NEWS: OPINION

Part 5: What Jazz Musicians Expect from Music Journalists and Critics

Part five of our ongoing dialogues with musicians where we ask the burning question: When you read music journalism and criticism what qualities are you looking for in the writer and the writing? This time we hear from trumpeter-bandleader-educator Sean Jones, a busy man these days what with his teaching assignments at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

NARAS Messed with the Wrong Latin Jazz Artists...

What started as a plan to simplify the Grammys is now getting really, really complicated. On Tuesday, a group of Latin Jazz artists decided to sue NARAS in New York Supreme Court, a move that follows months of frustration. The suit, filed by artists Bobby Sanabria, Ben Lapidus, Mark Levine and Eugene Marlow, alleges that the ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Letters to Naras: Mark Levine Returns His Grammy Nominations

Letters to Naras: Mark Levine Returns His Grammy Nominations

On Wednesday April 6th, The National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences announced a “restructuring" of The Grammy Awards, a move that included the elimination of the Latin Jazz Grammy. This unfortunate decision undermines the integrity of Latin Jazz and disregards its importance as a major piece of the cultural landscape in the United States. I ...

Off & On The Music of Moacir Santos

Label: Left Coast Clave Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Nana; Early Morning Love; Off and On; April Child (Maracatu); Suk-Cha; Kathy; Jeguie; Tomorrow is Mine; Haply Happy; What's My Name (Odudua); Luonne (Sou Eu); A Saudade Mata A Gente.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Weinstein: Timbasa

Read "Timbasa" reviewed by Paul J. Youngman

What do you want from your Latin jazz album? Great musicianship? Authentic music? Danceable? Must it have great rhythm, catchy tunes and present the best in Latin percussion? Mark Weinstein is a name not immediately associated with the best of Latin jazz, but he has done it again with Timbasa, a fantastic recording and his fifth ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchesta / Vaughn Wiester / Chie Imaizumi

Read "Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchesta / Vaughn Wiester / Chie Imaizumi" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Buselli--Wallarab Jazz OrchestraMezzanineOwl Studios2010 After veering slightly off-course recently with several albums devoted in part to backing singers, the outstanding Indianapolis-based Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra is back in a more pleasing instrumental groove on Mezzanine, profiling the compositions and arrangements of co-leader / trombonist Brent Wallarab. The first ...


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