Mark Levine

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Mark Levine (born October 4, 1938 in Concord / New Hampshire ) is an American jazz pianist and trombonist who is best known as a representative of Latin jazz .

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Levine began his career as a jazz musician in Daytona Beach and studied at Boston University until 1960 . He was a student of Hall Overton , Herb Pomeroy and Jaki Byard . He then worked u. a. with Houston Person (1966), Ed Curran , Mongo Santamaría (1969–1970), Willie Bobo (1971–1974), David Liebman , Joe Henderson and Gábor Szabó . Henderson recorded two of his compositions on his Canyon Lady album . In the mid-1970s Levine moved to San Francisco, where he worked with Art Pepper / Warne Marsh ( Unreleased Art: Volume 9: At Donte's, April 26, 1974 ), with Woody Shaw (1975–1976), the Blue Mitchell / Harold Land Quintet (1975–1979), Stan Getz , Bobby Hutcherson , Luis Gasca , Cal Tjader (1979–1983) and others. After that he mainly led his own bands.

In addition to his work as a musician, Levine gives jazz courses all over Europe, Canada, China, Australia and New Zealand, teaches in various jazz camps and since 2000 at the University of California at Berkeley . Since the mid-1990s he has organized the Jazz Masters Clinic Series , a mixture of workshop and master class, at which u. a. Cedar Walton , Mulgrew Miller , Kenny Barron , Elvin Jones , Eddie Palmieri, and Tommy Flanagan performed .

Levine also wrote several books on jazz. His album Isla was nominated for a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Recording in 2003 .



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