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Lopeman, Mark (Aaron)

Lopeman, Mark (Aaron), saxophonist, composer, woodwinds; b. Akron, Ohio, 2 December 1957. His father (Robert C. Lopeman, 1932-2002) was an architect; his mother (Martha G. Lopeman, b. 1932) is a former elementary school teacher. Siblings are sister Beth Ann (b. 1959) and brother Eric (b. 1963).

He began playing alto saxophone at age eight and began arranging soon thereafter; studied saxophone with Bob Cole and Joseph Schiavone. In high school he joined the Akron Jazz Workshop, a rehearsal band led by jazz educator Roland Paolucci, and began playing and writing professionally in the Akron/Cleveland area. Graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1974. He attended Kent State University1974-76 where he studied composition with Walter Watson and Pat Pace. He attended Eastman School of Music 1976-78 (B.M.1978) where he studied with Bill Dobbins (jazz; improvisation), Ray Wright (arranging) and Ray Ricker (saxophone). During the Eastman Wind Ensemble Far East tour, summer, 1978, he was featured soloist on soprano saxophone. He attended Akron University (M.M. 1980) and performed at Montreaux Jazz Festival with Akron University Jazz Ensemble (directed by Paolucci) and won award as "Most Outstanding Instumentalist" at 1979 Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival. Toured with and arranged for the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras (1979 and 1980-81, respectively).

He moved to New York, July, 1981. He toured with Buddy Rich (1983-84); Woody Herman (1983), Toshiko Akiyoshi (1984-87); also with Bill Kirchner Nonet, Mel Lewis, Buck Clayton, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and others. He toured with the Broadway shows "Annie" (1981-82) and "On Your Toes" (1985-86); various shows on Broadway. He had further studies on clarinet and saxophone with Joe Allard, Billy Kerr and John Purcell.

He's also a noted transcriber of classic jazz recordings, including work for John Lewis (American Jazz Orchestra), Dizzy Gillespie, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as well as other artists listed below. He also collaborated with Gerry Mulligan on arrangements for, and toured with, his Rebirth of the Cool band (1992-93).

He was married in 1986 to painter and graphic designer Susan Lopeman (nee Manley). They have two daughters, Madeleine (b. 1988) and Rosemary (b. 1989). Attended Columbia Law School (J.D. 1990) and has been a practicing attorney as well as a musician since then.

Bevan Manson: Metaphysical Rhumba (1983); Buddy Rich: The Magic of Buddy Rich (1983); Vince Giordano: Chicago Jazz Summit (1986); Toshiko Akiyoshi: Wishing Peace (1986); Gil Evans/Helen Merrill: Collaboration (1987); Loren Schoenberg: Time Waits For No One (1987); Vince Giordano: The Goldkette Project (1988); Loren Schoenberg: Solid Ground (1988); Jon Hendricks: Freddie Freeloader (1990); Loren Schoenberg: Just a Settin and a Rockin (1990); Manhattan Transfer: The Off-Beat of Avenues (1991); Loren Schoenberg: Manhattan Work Song (1992); Gerry Mulligan: Rebirth of the Cool (1992); Ken Peplowski: Other Portrait (1996), A Good Reed (1997); Loren Schoenberg: Out of This World (1997); Bobby Short: You;re the Top (1999); Paul Ferguson: Friends (1999); Chris Byars: Village Beauty (2001); Sasha Dobson: Detour Ahead (2001)
Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989) (soundtrack); Finding Forrester (2000) (on-screen and soundtrack); Ghost World (2001) (soundtrack)

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