Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Although his last three CDs have placed high on the Jazz Week charts, and his lyrics have been regularly recorded by over 150 singers (including Dianne Reeves, Cheryl Bentyne, Jackie Ryan and Bob Dorough,) for his latest work jazz singer and lyricist Mark Winkler has created a new album dedicated to fresh interpretations of the work of his own favorite singer/songwriter: Laura Nyro.
“I love the songs of Laura Nyro”, says Winkler. “I am moved by both her music and her words. Her songs create their own worlds, conjuring up cities, cockleshells, exotic lands…and deep passions that touch and inspire me. She mixes Jazz with Broadway and Soul and Folk, and somehow, it all comes out great. I became aware of her brilliance while still a young man living at home with my family. Ever since then, I’ve had a burning desire to do her music. I decided that, at last, the time is right for me to tackle it…so I set myself the task of finding the “jazz side” of her amazing work. I’m hoping that today’s music lovers will discover that her songs are so good that they really deserve a place in the Great American Songbook.”...
...one of those special projects when all the stars are in perfect alignment. Critical Jazz
Finding the jazz in Nyro's New York street roots, Winkler does a mighty job of crafting something that would have been jive in lesser hands. Anyone that loved Nyro's classics will not be bellyaching about anything after a spin here. Hot stuff throughout. Midwest Record
With big shoes to fill, jazz stylist-vocalist Mark Winkler set out to honor Nyro’s melismatic vocals in his baritone voice on The Laura Nyro Project. And I have to say, he’s done a wonderful job of it. The Whole Music Experience
...quite magical... Jazz Times (April 2013)