The splendid pianist and singer Mark Shane (here captured by “Opening Minds” at a gig last April) has been making more recordings here and there, but we haven’t had the good fortune to have gigs by Mark to report.
Good news follows! I read in the Skylark Strutter, the newsletter of playing the Tri-State Jazz Society, that Mark will be playing a solo piano gig on February 15 at the Grace Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware. On April 17, he’ll be part of Jim Fryer’s Borderline Jazz Band, co-led by Bria Skonberg, and a month later (that’s May 17), he’ll be an essential member of Dan Levinson’s Swing Wing, with Randy Reinhart, Molly Ryan, Matt Munisteri, and others.
A gig that doesn’t have an appearance by Mark (but he’d fit right in) is Marty Grosz’s “The Hot Winds,” this version featuring Dan Block, Vince Giordano, and Scott Robinson, on March 29.
The moral of this posting? Be sure your 2009 calendar is easy to annotate, and check the Tristate Jazz Society’s website (www.tristatejazz.org) and ask for an email subscription to the Strutter, which apparently lists every concert going on in the area. Well worth perusing and supporting.