welcomes you to
Jazz Thoughts for the Day
(just click on the CD covers for more info).
Welcome to the website about jazz pianist and composer Mark Massey. We've got a biographical synopsis, a performance calendar, information about his CDs/Digital Download albums, with links to providers, and more.
Celebrate the 2010 New Year with some fresh jazz each day, by downloading Mark's new series "Jazz Thoughts for the Day" - this very unique CD series (available at iTunes and CDBaby) offers a downloadable album for each month of the year--and each month's album features a solo piano improvisation piece for every day of that month. Download the January and February CDs now and enjoy each of the daily Jazz Thoughts. Click on the CD covers at the left for more info, including links to CDBaby and other music services, where you listen to and download (or "stream") the albums.
Mark's iconic CD "Acoustic Piano International" was released in 1999, and played on jazz radio stations nationwide. "API" features Mark and his trio (Eric Stiller, bass and Aldo Bentivegna, drums) along with legendary guest artists like Alex Acuña (of "Weather Report") on percussion, Plas Johnson ("The Pink Panther" with Henry Mancini) on tenor sax, Bob Mintzer ("The Yellow Jackets") on soprano sax, Justo Almario on flute, and Ron Stout on flugelhorn. CLICK ON THE CD COVER TO LISTEN AND BUY/DOWNLOAD "API" AT CDBaby.com Or download it at iTunes.
Another must-have from the Mark Massey discography is "Standards" - (2004) which features Mark performing solo acoustic piano, covering 12 classic songs, including A Ghost Of A Chance, Manhã de Carnaval, My Romance, Body and Soul, and favorite concert solo of Mark's: Danny Boy. This CD is a must for fans of Mark and aficionados of solo jazz piano...a very enjoyable CD to listen to anytime. Extensive audio samples of all tracks on this CD (as well as Mark's other CDs) are available for you to hear at CD Baby--just click here for the 'Standards' CD page.
Serious music students will want to acquire and delve into Mark Massey's educational CD: "Professor M&M's Rhythmic Mantra". It's an invaluable tool for beginning and intermediate music students, helping them gain mastery of rhythmic fundamentals, and internalize the patterns and relationships of complex musical rhythms used in all musical styles. This imaginative CD was introduced by Mark at the 2005 IAJE show. CLICK CD COVER AT RIGHT to PURCHASE "Professor M&M's Rhythmic Mantra" via CCNow (it will be shipped direct from Geofonica Records).
Mark continues to tour with The Side Street Strutters, performing throughout the continental United States.
Early in 2007 Mark suffered a torn retina, requiring multiple surgeries to repair. He's doing better now, and back in action with a busy performing schedule, as well as teaching and recording. Click CALENDAR for Mark's upcoming performance dates and details.
While you're visiting here, click the above links to read a biographical synopsis of Mark, or go to THE CRITICS and read what some of the top jazz journalists jazz have to say. Drop Mark an email and mention you'd like to be on his mailing list. That way you'll be sure to get his emailed performance updates (with no junk emails).
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