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MARK MASSEY: BIOGRAPHICAL SYNOPSIS

Jazz pianist-composer Mark Massey was born and raised in Lynwood, California, where he showed early talent on piano, trombone, and drums. During high school, he studied classical piano and played in various groups, jazz combos and big bands. Mark studied music composition under Dr. Philip Westin, and during summers took music classes at the Cerritos College Music Camp. Mark played in the Pico Rivera Stage Band, which won First Place at the Hollywood Bowl Battle of the Bands. Mark was graduated from California State University, Long Beach (with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music), where he was recipient of the Carmen Dragon Fellowship for composition and he was dubbed "A Young Giant" by the National Association Of Jazz Educators.

Mark has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, the former Soviet Union (in the 1980s), Russia (2001), the Far East and India. He has worked with Larry Carlton, David Benoit, Paul Horn, Poncho Sanchez, Hubert Laws, Louie Bellson, Phil Upchurch, L. Subramaniam, the Side Street Strutters, and the late Freddie Hubbard, Maynard Ferguson, Yehudi Menuhin, Stéphane Grappelli, and Tony Williams.

Mark's Concert and Club Calendar Mark was featured in The Four Pianos In Concert series along with pianists Paul Smith, and the late Pete Jolly and Steve Allen. As well as his periodic concerts internationally, Mark performs regularly at major jazz venues throughout Southern California, both as a sideman, and as leader of The Mark Massey Trio, with Anders Swanson (bass) and Aldo Bentivegna (drums).

API CD - CLICK TO ORDER Mark Massey: Acoustic Piano International, his debut CD as a leader, features nine of Mark's original jazz compositions, inspired by his musical excursions around the globe, along with Eric Stiller (bass) and Aldo Bentivegna (drums), and guest artists Alex Acuña, percussion (Weather Report), Justo Almario, flute (Mongo Santamaria), Plas Johnson, tenor sax (The Pink Panther Theme), Bob Mintzer, soprano sax (The Yellow Jackets), and Ron Stout, flugelhorn (Bill Watrous). Produced by Brad Powell for Geofonica Records.

Standards CD - CLICK TO ORDER Mark Massey: Standards features solo acoustic grand piano interpretations of 12 classic standards:
  1. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance (With You) (2:55)
  2. Danny Boy (3:13)
  3. Manhã de Carnaval (from Black Orpheus) (5:12)
  4. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (3:19)
  5. My Romance (3:00)
  6. Body And Soul (6:17)
  7. Stella By Starlight (4:20)
  8. Under Paris Skies (5:14)
  9. Out Of Nowhere (2:57)
  10. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (3:49)
  11. All The Things You Are (3:46)
  12. St. Louis Blues (3:49)
    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.

Jazz Thoughts for the Day is a new CD series by Mark. It features spontanteously created solo piano pieces for every day of the year, in a series of 12 monthly downloadable albums. "Jazz Thoughts for the Day – January through July are available now at iTunes, CDBaby, Rhapsody, Napster and other online music stores. Each downloadable CD offers over an hour of solo piano jazz for your listening pleasure and inspiration!

Mark Massey: Jazz Thoughts for the Day - January. CLICK FOR TO LISTEN AND ORDER AT CDBaby Mark Massey: Jazz Thoughts for the Day - February. CLICK FOR TO LISTEN AND ORDER AT CDBaby Mark Massey: Jazz Thoughts for the Day - March. CLICK FOR TO LISTEN AND ORDER AT CDBaby Mark Massey: Jazz Thoughts for the Day - April. CLICK FOR TO LISTEN AND ORDER AT CDBaby Mark Massey: Jazz Thoughts for the Day - May. CLICK FOR TO LISTEN AND ORDER AT CDBaby Mark Massey: Jazz Thoughts for the Day - June. CLICK FOR TO LISTEN AND ORDER AT CDBaby Mark Massey: Jazz Thoughts for the Day - July. CLICK FOR TO LISTEN AND ORDER AT CDBaby

Discography (Mark as sideman)
Here are some other CDs Mark has played on (with links):

Paul Seaforth —- Something Real
Paul Seaforth (voice, flugelhorn) - Peter Sprague (acoustic and electric guitars) - Mark Massey (piano, keyboards) - Kevin Axt (electric bass) - Joe Cataldo (drums) - Tom Aros (percussion) - Bob Magnusson (acoustic bass) - Duncan Moore (drums) - Sharon Whyte (accordion) - Rob Whitlock (Hammond B3) - Dennis Caplinger (dobro, violin, mandolin) - Fred Benedetti (guitar solo) - Linda Seaforth (voice) - Bob McKewen (clarinet) - Clive Collins (trombone) - Lee “Westy” Westenhofer (tuba) - Serge Thill (oboe).
Stéphane Grappelli and L. Subramaniam - Conversations
Stéphane Grappelli and L. Subramaniam (violins) - Mark Massey (piano)
L. Subramaniam - Mani & Co.
Milestone Records M9138 - East West World Fusion - Drums - other musicians include Maynard Ferguson, Alex Acuna, Mark Massey, Mark Sganga, Jerry Watts, L. Subramaniam (1986) - (now released as part of 2-CD combination set)
L. Subramaniam - Subramaniam in Moscow
Steve Huffsteter Big Band - Live at Cafe 322
Specs-X Music (724101725425)
Steve Huffsteter Big Band - Gathered Around (DVD)
Dorothy Collins - Jazz Hymns
Dorothy Collins (vocals) - Tony Guerrero (flugelhorn) - Penny Watson (sax) - Steve Crum (trumpet) - Paul Carman (sax) - Jim Sitterly (violin) - The Side Street Strutters.
Paul Carman & ESP - Even Picasso Couldn't Find Her (2000)
© 2000 Jazz Fresners Music (786497262625) Paul Carman, saxophones; Mark Massey, piano; Joel Hamilton, acoustic bass; Steve Distanislao, drums.
Paul Carman & ESP - Passion (1993)
© 1994 Jazz Fresners Music (634479165849)
Paul Carman, saxophones; Mark Massey, piano; Ken Filiano, acoustic bass; Steve Distanislao, drums.
Tony Guerrero - Ballads
Tony Guerrero (trumpet and flugelhorn) - Mark Massey (piano), others
Debby Yeager - Mood Swing
Charles Small - Small Talk
© 2004 Blue Lady Records (634479016004)
Daniel Bejarano, drums/percussion; Rickey Taylor, bass; Mark Massey, piano; Chris Ho, pinao/keyboards; Barbara Morrison, guest vocalist.
Dave Cross and Crosssection - Back To Broke
Ron Stout, trumpet; Andy Martin, trombone; and Bill Baker, Alan Palmer, and Dan St. Marseille, saxes. Rhythm section: Mark Massey, keyboards; Peter Pfiefer, drums; Sue Cross, bass, and Papo Rodriguez, percussion. With vocalist and songwriter Gail Chasin.
Dan Carlin - Tradewinds
Dan Carlin - Prowlin
Edmund Velasco —- Smoke Rises
Edmund Velasco (sax) - Mark Massey (piano), others
Joe Marchiano - Another Second Chance
Salaam Bombay! Original Soundtrack
Riverside Community College Jazz Band - Groovin Hard
Soraya Shaw - Daydreams
Soraya Shaw (vocals) - Mark Massey (piano) - Anders Swanson (bass) - Chris Wabich (drums) - Paul Carman (tenor & alto sax) - Melena Francis (percussion) - Arranged by Llew Matthews - Produced by Soraya Shaw and Wayne Cook.
Donna Deussen - High Wire
Donna Deussen (vocals) - Mark Massey (piano) - Anders Swanson (bass) - Aldo Bentivegna (Drums) - Eric Marienthal (sax).
The Brad Powell Expedition - First Step In A Long Journey
Brandon Fields (sax) - Wayne Bergeron (trumpet/flugelhorn) - Paul Seaforth (vocals & trumpet/flugelhorn) - Mark Massey (piano) - Jim Hughart (acoustic bass) - Jerry Watts (electric bass) - Chad Wackerman (drums) - Kurt Rasmussen (percussion & vocals) - Lincoln Mayorga (piano) - Jim Sitterly (violin) - Melissa Hasin (cello) - David Hill (woodwinds) - David Siebels (Hammond organ) - Brad Powell (guitars) - Andy Martin and Charlie Morillas (trombone) - Stephanie Mijanovich and Stephanie J. Smith (horn) - Douglas Tornquist (tuba) - - Josef Powell, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters, and Terry Wood (gospel choir) - Allison Zuehlsdorff and Tony Bowman (vocals).
The Candlelight Guitarist - Soul Mates & Kindred Spirits
Gilberto Hildavio (flute, alto flute, bass flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, and English horn) - Ernie Nunez (string bass) - Joey Cataldo (drums) - Perez D'Agostino (percussion) - Mark Massey (Rhodes, piano) - Darius Channing (keyboards) - Mark Adams (French horn) - David Siebels (conductor) - Wayne Cook (mastering) - Brad Powell (guitar).
The Candlelight Guitarist - Golden Eagle: John Denver Instrumental Tribute
Caryl Paisner (cello) - Jenny Allinder (fiddle) - Frank Marocco (accordion) - Michito Sanchez (percussion) - Kenny Blackwell (mandolin) - Mark Massey (piano) - Gilberto Hildavio (woodwinds) - Doug Webb (sax) - Ernie Nuñez (string bass) - Joey Cataldo (drums) - Brad Powell (guitar) - mastered by Wayne Cook.
Download The Candlelight Guitarist - Faith Mountain - Instrumentals for Inspiration at iTunes The Candlelight Guitarist - Faith Mountain
Mark Massey (piano on tracks " Faith Mountain" and "Oh, Happy Day") - Gilberto Hildavio (woodwinds) - Paul Seaforth (flugelhorn and french horn on "Faith Mountain", cornet on "Just A Closer Walk With Thee") - Brad Powell (guitar).

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