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Grammy award-winning drummer/percussionist Mark Walker was born in Chicago, Illinois. He began playing drumset at age ten and played his first professional club, concert and recording gigs barely out of high school. He gained valuable experience performing an extremely wide range of styles in the Chicago area and later became a first-call session drummer and percussionist, playing on hundreds of jingles and record dates. Since moving to New York in 1995, he has performed and recorded with: Oregon, Paquito D'Rivera, Michel Camilo, Caribbean Jazz Project, Dave Samuels, Andy Narell, Lyle Mays, David Liebman, Cesar Camargo Mariano and many more. He has appeared on major television shows such as: "Late Night with David Letterman," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," "PBS presents..." and "BET On Jazz." He also appears on screen with Paquito D'Rivera in Fernando Trueba's Latin jazz documentary Calle 54 (Miramax). In the Education field he was appointed Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston (2001) creating a new curriculum, serving on the Education committee and teaching drummers, percussionists and ensembles. He has also served on the faculty at Drummers Collective in New York City

The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Road Song; Tear it Down; Four on Six; Wes' Tune; Nelson's Groove; West Coast Blues; Jingles; Facing Wes; Leila.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nelson Riveros: The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery

Read "The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

After delving into the repertoire of legendary guitarist Wes Montgomery at a gig in the not-so-distant past, six-stringer Nelson Riveros was struck with the idea for this tribute project. Playing true to Montgomery's work and legacy, while pulling from his own Colombian roots and imbuing the music with varied elements drawn from the broader Latin lexicon, ...

Unsaid

Label: Next Level
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Catch -22 [7:07] 2. Finding Ana  [5:39] 3. Unsaid [5:36] 4. Numbers [3:48] 5. Khnki Tsar [6:23] 6. Fevral' [4:58] 7. New Age  [4:38] 8. Tamzara [5:50] 9. Na Vulitse [7:10] 10. Tango Trece  [3:38] 11. . Na Gorushke, Na Gore [6:28] 12. Landscapes [5:25] 13. Chacarera del Descenso [6:22] 14. The Raven [5:47]

2 Cents

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Tailwind; 2 Cents; Algo Bueno; Rat-Race; Miles Rumba; Critical Mass; Boperation; Una Para Ti; Passage.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Douglas Olsen: 2 Cents

Read "2 Cents" reviewed by Jack Bowers

What seems at first blush to be a nonet on this splendid new album is actually trumpeter Douglas Olsen's core quartet, amplified on various selections by talented guests who raise the number anywhere from a quintet to an octet. Even though Olsen has been a super-busy free-lancer on the New England jazz scene for more than ...

You Get What You Give

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Candombe in Blue; Speak No Evil; Akumbia; Moment's Notice; Bye-Ya; Andalusian Sunrise; All The Things You Are; Timba Blues; Deep Six; What About That.

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen has performed/recorded with jazz greats Joe Lovano, Mick Goodrick, George Garzone, Greg Hopkins, Bob Moses, Stan Strickland, Phil Grenadier, John Lockwood, Dennis Irwin, Steve Slagle, Bennie Wallace, George Schuller, The Either/Orchestra and Ethiopian master musicians Mulatu Astake and Mahmoud Ahmed, among many others.

A pianist and prolific composer, Rosen has released 5 albums, with several projects currently in production. Released to wide acclaim, “American Waltz”, featured masters George Garzone and Mick Goodrick. Collaborating with multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Stan Strickland, Rosen produced the creative and intimate album ”Instinct"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Khan: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by John Kelman

Amongst the many myths out there about music-making—especially in jazz, where the improvisation quotient is often so high—is that composing may, indeed, be work, but doesn't require the kind of relentless attention to detail that far more truthfully defines how many artists write and arrange their music. These days, one need only look to music by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Walker: You Get What You Give

Read "You Get What You Give" reviewed by Ljubinko Zivkovic

Often, there is a tendency among jazz fans to simply pass by albums with drummers as the leaders of a CD release, as if they--the drummer/leaders--know less about jazz or music in general. As if examples of Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Max Roach or those excellent vocal albums by Grady Tate are not good enough examples. ...


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