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Mark Soskin

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: July 12, 1953    

Mark Soskin

Mark Soskin was born July 12, 1953 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Soskin has recorded and performed with such diverse musicians as Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Randy Brecker, Billy Cobham, Buster Williams, Eddie Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, Cornell Dupree, Herbie Mann, John Abercrombie, Claudio Roditi, Sheila Jordan, Gato Barbieri, Joe Locke, David\”Fathead\”Newman, Mark Murphy, Slide Hampton, Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Bobby Watson, Miroslav Vitous, The NY Voices, Phil Woods and others.

Soskin attended Colorado State University where he pursued classical studies, but at this time his interests in jazz music were growing. In 1973 he enrolled in The Berklee College of Music, studying composition as well as arranging. In Boston he began to work professionally until moving to San Francisco, eventually going on to work with some of the west coast\'s finest players....
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”Mark Soskin, in particular, shines with his melodically inventive and clearly articulated choruses” —Peter Niklas Wilson from his book, Sonny Rollins: The Definitive Musical Guide

”Soskin establishes a compelling style at once sophisticated and spontaneous” —Chuck Berg, Jazz Times

”Soskin renders flailing arpeggios in conjunction with harmonically based block chords with stinging rhythm accompaniment. Buoyantly executed medium tempo swing vamps and tuneful choruses, abetted by the pianist\'s intricate maneuvers and lyrically charged solos” —Glenn Astarista All About Jazz

”Soskin added crisp, leaning-into-the-beat solos with a distinct flair for rousing climaxes” —George Kanzler Newark Star-Ledger

”A Strong outing for Soskin, highlighting his sensitive touch, bold statements and keen interplay” —Bill Milkowski Downbeat

”Soskin was turning out some of the best all-around piano work I've heard in some time” —Philip Elwood S.F. Examiner

”Soskin has commanding rhythmic strength and a punching left hand-an effective, fluent soloist” —Gary Giddins The Village Voice

”When sensitivity is needed,as on Monk's “Reflections” or ”Nightingale”,for example,Soskin always improvises something heartfelt and out of the ordinary” —Fred Grand Jazz Review Magazine

  • Nino Rota

    Kind of Blue Records
    2012
  • One Hopeful Day

    Kind of Blue Records
    2007
  • Five Lands (Cinqueterra)

    W.E.R.F.
    1998
  • Rhythm Vision

    W.E.R.F.
    1980

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Primary Instrument:
Piano

Location:
New York, NY

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

Credentials/Background:
Currently serving on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music.
Contact at 212-724-2453 for hours/rates.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
A wide variety of clinics are offered. For more information contact at 212-724- 2453 or at msoskin@aol.com

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