Saturday, June 3rd – 7:30-10pm
North Berkeley Jazz Quintet
jazz club! when lights are low…
every Saturday night

Ian Carey, trumpet
Bob Kenmotsu, tenor sax
Mark Levine, piano
Robb Fischer,  bass
Ron Marabuto, drums

Fine, well traveled musicians right down the line, led by pianist Mark Levine — four decades plus playing at the highest levels of the jazz world, a dozen albums as a leader, two Grammy nominations, significant and satisfying bandstand and recording studio associations with the likes of Woody Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Wallace Roney, Tito Puente, Milt Jackson, James Moody, Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Fortune, Eddie Harris, Stefon Harris, Eddie Henderson, Conrad Herwig, Clark Terry, Ingrid Jensen, Charlie Rouse, Bobby Watson, Chet Baker, Philip Harper, Mark Murphy, Art Pepper, Julian Priester, Bobby Shew, Steve Turre, Madeline Eastman, Enrique Pla and Poncho Sanchez… with particularly fruitful and intense extended stints on the bandstand with trumpeter Blue Mitchell and sax giants Joe Henderson, Harold Land and Dave Liebman, and with latin jazz titans Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, Moacir Santos, Pete Escovido, Cal Tjader and Francisco Aguabella.

Mark’s compositions have been recorded by Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell, Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo, Mongo Santamaria, Nuyorican Soul, Joanne Brackeen, Moacir Santos, Tom Lellis, Poncho Sanchez, Esencia, Chuck Clark, Jerry Rusch, Mike Morris and Houston Person.

Mark wrote the book on jazz piano… specifically, The Jazz Piano Book (Sher Music, 2005 — but originally published in 1989), and has been instrumental in the education of many thousands of jazz pianists… He himself studied in Boston and New York with legendary figures Hal Overton, Herb Pomeroy and Jaki Byard.

Come hear all that Mark brings to the piano at Bird & Beckett this Sunday!