Born: October 4, 1938
Mark began playing jazz as a teenager in Daytona Beach, Florida. Continuing his education in Boston and New York, Mark studied with Hall Overton, Herb Pomeroy and Jaki Byard, before moving to California in 1966.
A key phase in Mark's education was a year spent in Woody Shaw's quartet. Every night was serious school, says Mark.
Mark spent significant time working with Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell, David Liebman and Harold Land, composing all the while. Joe recorded two of Mark's tunes on Canyon Lady, the late tenor giant's only Latin jazz album. Mark returned the favor by playing two of Joe's classic compositions, Inner Urge, and A Shade Of Jade, on his 2000 release, Serengeti....
AwardsGrammy Nominee 2003 Grammy Winner (w Cal Tjader) 1981 Latin Grammy Nominee 2010
Off & On The Music of Moacir SantosLeft Coast Clave Records
IslaLeft Coast Clave Records
Mark Levine & The Latin TingeW.E.R.F.
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- Off & On The Music of Moacir Santos by Raul d'Gama Rose
- Isla by Forrest Dylan Bryant
- Serengeti by Jim Josselyn