Born: July 12, 1953
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....
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 RotaKind of Blue Records
One Hopeful DayKind of Blue Records
Five Lands (Cinqueterra)W.E.R.F.
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New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Currently serving on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music.
Contact at 212-724-2453 for hours/rates.
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