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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Mark Soskin Quartet will perform in the ongoing Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series on Sept. 1 at 8:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University. This one concert on the series has been relocated because of renovation work being done in Bucknell Hall.
The program, which is free and open to the public, features Mark Soskin, piano; Joel Frahm, saxophones; Dean Johnson, bass; and Matt Wilson, drums.
Soskin has recorded and performed with such diverse musicians as Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Randy Brecker, Billy Cobham, Eddie Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, Cornell Dupree, Herbie Mann, Claudio Roditi, Sheila Jordan, Gato Barbieri, Joe Locke, Mark Murphy, Slide Hampton, Bobby Watson, Miroslav Vitous, The NY Voices and others.
He attended Colorado State University and The Berklee College of Music before moving to San Francisco where he was introduced to the Latin music legend, Pete Escovedo. Along with Pete's daughter, percussionist Sheila E., they toured and recorded as Azteca.
Soskin's first recording, "Rhythm Vision," featured Benny Maupin and Harvey Mason and reached Billboard's top 10 Jazz Chart. He has seven of his own recordings to date and three as co-leader. His recording, "17" on TCB, highlights the pianist in a quintet setting featuring mainly original compositions.
Television performance credits include the HBO hit series, "Sex And The City." Examples of arranging projects have been writing for Slide Hampton's "World Of Trombones" and his writing and playing on Steve Smith's DVD, "Drumset Technique/History of the U.S. Beat."
Soskin has been featured in solo piano concerts throughout the world such as the Ottawa Jazz Festival. He has performed the premiere of contemporary classical music composer John Adams' opera, "Ceiling/Sky" at Lincoln Center.
A member of the faculty of The Manhattan School of Music, he is featured in the film documenting Latin jazz artists "Calle 54."
Produced by Phil Haynes, Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the avant-garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.
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