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Most Recent Castaway - 20th May, 2016
Mark Soskin (2016)

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Brooklyn-born pianist, composer and arranger Mark Soskin studied classical music while attending Colorado State University, until jazz started to creep in. So in 1973, he enrolled in the Berklee College of Music program, studying composition and arranging, and gigging around the Boston area.

Then Mark moved to San Francisco, where he was introduced to Pete Escovedo and Sheila E, and started touring with their group, Azteca. Eventually that group, with Tom Harrell on trumpet, went on to record two albums for Fantasy Records, produced by Billy Cobham.

It was there that producer Orrin Keepnews signed Mark up, and his first date as a leader was on Prestige Records, "Rhythm Vision". Orrin then introduced Mark to Sonny Rollins, which began a 14-year collaboration.

Since 1981 Mark has lived back in New York City, where he gives master classes and clinics, and also teaches at the Manhattan School of Music—all while maintaining a heavy touring schedule.

Mark is featured in the movie "Calle 54" talking about Latin Jazz, and performed the premiere of John Adams's "Ceiling/Sky" at Lincoln Center.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Roseanna Vitro The Songs of Randy Newman Baltimore Random Act Records
# 2 Sonny Rollins The Bridge Without a Song RCA
# 3 Miles Davis In a Silent Way Shhh/Peaceful Columbia
# 4 Laura Nyro New York Tendaberry New York Tendaberry Columbia
# 5 Bill Evans Everybody Digs Bill Evans Peace Piece Riverside
# 6 Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina Elis and Tom Aguas de Março Trama/Verve
# 7 The Beatles The Beatles aka "The White Album" Martha, My Dear EMI
# 8 Sonny Rollins East Broadway Rundown We Kiss in a Shadow Impulse
         
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