WDNA Jazz Festival time again...

Hello Everyone,

I have the distinct pleasure of performing again this year for the WDNA jazz Festival in Miami with two of my favorite bands.  On April 26th, I'll be performing with Scone Cash Players at noon on the Government Center Stage.  On April 28th, I'll be performing with the Tim Jago Group at 1:30 on the Bayside Marina Stage in downtown Miami.

These are both phenomenal groups so please join us and catch more music after each of these bands.

Record coming soon

Hello Folks,

Been quite busy between performing other people's music, teaching, and booking music for a venue.  I finally had time to get my trio record mixed at The Samurai Hotel Recording Studio. I think David Stoller did a supremely amazing job with it and I couldn't be happier.  Next stop is seeing if there is a home for this music before I consider putting it out myself.  I'm thrilled to have reconnected with old friends Damion Reid and Matt Brewer to bring some of my music to life.  Despite knowing how well the play, they still managed to surprise me with what they did with my songs.  Big thanks to them as well.

More news to come,

Mark

WDNA gallery show

I recently performed at the WDNA performance gallery with my quartet.  The configuration was a new one for me as my guitarist had an unfortunate car accident and was not able to perform.  Instead of the classic organ quartet with guitar, sax, and drums, I chose to switch out the guitar for one of my favorite pianist, Martin Bejerano. 

This video features:

Mark Small - sax

Martin Bejerano - piano

Derek Fairholm - organ

Michael Piolet - drums

5/5/17 linked here

 

The idea reminded me of when I used to go see Brad Mehldau, Sam Yahel, and Darren Beckett at Small's club in NYC.  

Trio recording in NYC with Damión Reid and Matt Brewer

I just finished a full day of recording with two old friends, Damión Reid and Matt Brewer, at the Samurai Hotel recording studio in NYC.  It was beautiful to see these guys bring my trio compositions to life and add the unexpected twists that made them unique to this group.  I can’t thank them enough for playing this music as well as David Stoller who captured this performance in his beautiful studio.  A big thank you to Nick Vayenas for coming out and capturing video of this date.  I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.

This session was an impromptu decision I made, knowing I would be in NYC in a months time.  Setting a deadline such as this really pushed me to I called these friends, booked the studio, wrote music, and worked around quite a few obstacles to see this through.  I’ve learned so much from the experience and it has stoked a fire to do it again and go deeper into the music.  

The connection with these musicians goes back over a decade when I met and played duos with Damión in Boston for hours at a time, day after day. I met Matt when we were roommates living in Harlem when he was still pretty new to NYC.  He sounded so amazing then that you would have thought he had been in the city for ages.

Right now I'm getting ready to see Winter Jazz Fest in NYC before heading back south.  It will be a special treat to see so many old friends that I haven’t had a chance to catch up with in years.  More about that when I write again.  Hope you all are having a great start to 2017!