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.

Shortly after arriving in San Francisco, Soskin was introduced to the Latin music legend, Pete Escovedo. Along with Pete\'s daughter, percussionist Sheila. E, they toured and recorded as Azteca, a group in which Soskin\'s keyboard, writing, and arranging talents were showcased. Eventually, the group, which now included Tom Harrell on trumpet, went on to record two discs for Fantasy Records, produced by drum ace Billy Cobham. Soskin was enlisted in Cobham\'s band, a stint that lasted for two years and which produced two recordings for Columbia. Between tours for Cobham, Soskin did a tour and live recording for the CBS All Stars with Tom Scott, Alphonso Johnson, Steve Khan, and Billy Cobham. At this time Soskin was very active as a session player at Fantasy studios in Berkeley, California and veteran jazz music producer Orrin Keepnews took notice.

Read more
Album Reviews
Interviews
Live Reviews
Interviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles
”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

Read more

Primary Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

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

Photos (5)

Discography

Nino Rota

Nino Rota

Kind of Blue Records
2012

buy
One Hopeful Day

One Hopeful Day

Kind of Blue Records
2007

buy
 

17

TCB Music
2001

buy

Similar

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.