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Levine, Mark

Levine, Mark, pianist, educator, composer, author; b. Concord, NH, 4 October 1938. He grew up in Concord and went to High School in Daytona Beach FL. His parents were Harry Levine (1880-1968) and Sarah Levine (1896-1954). His brother was Earl (1932-1970).

His music teachers include Joe Pace (piano) 1954-56, Munn Ware (trombone) 1955-56, Jaki Byard (piano) 1956-58, Hall Overton (piano, theory) 1960-62, and Herb Pomeroy (theory) 1964-66. He got his BA in music at Boston University (1960) and later studied at Centro Nacional de Escuela de Arte,, Havana, Cuba (1997).

He has performed with, among others, Woody Shaw, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Henderson, Tito Puente, Bobby Hutcherson, Willie Bobo, Blue Mitchell, Cal Tjader, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie, Greg Tardy, Moacir Santos, Wallace Roney, Stefon Harris, James Moody, David Liebman, Chet Baker, Conrad Herwig, Francisco Aguabella, Eddie Harris, Carlos Malta, Art Farmer, Eddie Henderson, Harold Land, Sonny Fortune, Teddy Edwards, Bobby Shew, Johnny Coles, Eddie Marshall, John Fedchock, Ingrid Jensen, Art Pepper, Philip Harper, Charlie Rouse, Ronnie Cuber, Clark Terry, Que Calor, Bruce Forman, Mark Murphy, Madeline Eastman, Barbara Morrison, Steve Turre, Tim Armacost, Adam Kolker, David Izenson, James Carter, Frank Morgan, Dennis Wilson, Ledisi, Victor Fields, and Bud Freeman.

His compositions have been recorded by Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell, Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez, Que Calor, Bobby Shew, Mongo Santamaria, Nuyorican Soul, Joanne Brackeen, Moacir Santos, Pete Escovedo, Don Menza, Tom Lellis, Bob Ferrel, Dr Loco and His Rockin' Jalapeno Band, Chris Allen and Ritmo Caliente. Among the festivals he's played are the Monterey Jazz Festival, Russian River Jazz Festival, Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival, Dublin International Jazz Week, and the Monterey Japan Festival.

His teaching experience includes being a private jazz piano teacher, 1970-present, adjunct faculty, University of California at Berkeley, 2000-present, faculty, Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camps 1977-present, faculty, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Stanford, CA 1982-present, faculty, Jazz Camp West 1982-present, faculty, Jazz Studio Summer Camp, Belgium 1993-present, faculty, The Jazzschool, Berkeley, CA, 1997-present, faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music 1992-1997, faculty, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 1988-1994, faculty, Mills College, Oakland, CA 1985-1995, faculty, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA 1980-1995, and faculty, Antioch University, San Francisco, CA 1986-1987.

He's been a guest clinician and had had residencies at various schools in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Wales. He was also a clinician at IAJE conventions in New Orleans, 1990, Anaheim, CA 1995, and New York, 1998. The Jazz Masters Clinic Series, produced by Mark Levine, are workshop/master classes taught by touring artists passing through the Bay Area.  Featured artists have included Cedar Walton, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Barron, Elvin Jones, Eddie Palmieri, and Tommy Flanagan.

His ex-wife is Deborra Clayton and his daughter is Si Clare.

Serengeti; Hey It's Me; One Notch Up; Smiley & Me; Concepts; Up 'til Now; Mark Levine and The Latin Tinge: Isla (Grammy Nomination, "Best Latin Jazz Recording of 2003")
As sideperson:
Joe Henderson: Canyon Lady; Blue Mitchell: Blue Mitchell Live; Mongo Santamaria: Afro-American Latin; Cal Tjader: La Honda Va Bien, Gozame Pero Ya, A Fuego Vivo, Good Vibes; Poncho Sanchez: Keeper Of The Flame, Sonando, Bien Sabroso; Carmen McRae & Cal Tjader: Heat Wave; Mark Murphy: Stolen Moments; Luis Gasca: The Little Giant,: For Those Who Chant, Born To Love You; Que Calor: Keeper Of The Flame; Bobby Shew: Salsa Caliente; Bruce Forman: Forman On The Job; Houston Person: Underground Soul; Harvey Wainapel: At Home/On The Road; Sal Nistico: Sal Nistico Live; Moacir Santos: Saudade; Juan Alzate & Mark Levine: Bajo El Signo Del Jazz; Gabor Szabo: High Contrast; Richie Cole: Popbop; Charlie McCarthy: SnoBro; Victor Fields: 52nd Street; Regina Ledisi: Feeling Orange But Sometimes Blue; Alex Pertout: From The Heart; The Contemporary Jazz Orchestra: Live At Pearl's; Ray Pizzi: Apassionato, Conception; Mad & Eddie Duran: From Here To The Moon; Mark Lewis: In The Spirit; Scotty Young: Outside In, Downside Up; Paul & Sheila Smith: Our Own Way; Graham Bruce: Time; Carolyn Brandy: Skin Talk; Wayne De Silva (2002); Don Weed (2002); Safari (2002)
Educational Play-along recordings:
The New Real Book, Vol. 1; Jamey Aebersold: Vol. 50 The Magic Of Miles Davis, Vol. 56 Thelonious Monk, Vol. 60 Freddie Hubbard, Vol. 61 Burnin'!!!, Vol. 65 Salsa/Latin Jazz, Vol. 68 Giant Steps, Vol. 69 Bird Goes Latin, Vol. 72, Street Of Dreams, Vol. 74, Latin Jazz, Vol. 80, Indiana, Vol. 85, Horace Silver, Vol. 89 Darn That Dream, Vol. 91 Jazz Now
Radio and television broadcasts:
NPR broadcasts 1975, 1999.
NPR with Conrad Herwig, 1998.

The Jazz Piano Book, Sher Music, Advance Music, 1990
The Jazz Theory Book,  Sher Music, Advance Music, 1995
Jazz Piano Voicings, Volume 50, Miles Davis, Jamey Aebersold, 1993
Jazz Piano Voicings, Volume 60, Freddie Hubbard, Jamey Aebersold, 1995
Salsa/Latin Jazz Voicings, Volume 65, Jamey Aebersold, 1995
Contributor, "Keyboard" magazine, 1997
Contributor, "The Piano Stylist" magazine, 1990-1993
Contributor, "Piano & Keyboard" magazine, 1994

NEA grants, 1975, 1977
"Jammie" award (best trombonist, Bay Area) 1982, 1983

Contact information:
website: marklevine.com
email address: mark@marklevine.com
mailing address: 1286 7th Ave, San Francisco CA 94122

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