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Mark Kleinhaut

Jazz guitarist /composer Mark Kleinhaut has been playing guitar since he was nine-years-old; when he converted his sister’s folk guitar into an electric guitar by screwing a radio shack clip microphone to its top and plugging it into the home stereo. By age 12 he was playing one chord jams with his friends. Mark’s interest in jazz developed gradually; as a kid hacking around on the guitar, he was really into Yes, Genesis, ELP and Jethro Tull, and when he heard groups like the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever and Weather Report, it changed everything. For Mark, the virtuosity, extended compositions and interaction of these musicians was overwhelming–pure magic. He completely immersed himself in this music, and when he learned that all those musician magicians had a common link- Miles Davis, he worked backwards from Miles’ electric groups to Trane and Bird, and from there his listening and interests branched to everyone and everything jazz.

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