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12/5 Mark Shilansky Trio

December 05, 2019 07:00 PM until December 05, 2019 10:00 PM

For those who can't make it to the Jazz Baroness Room, Monkfish now streams live all of its performances on their Facebook page. There is a $10 cover charge for table seating in the Jazz Baroness Room.

Mark Shilansky, piano

Fernando Huergo, electric bass

Mark Walker, drums

Growing up in a suburb of Concord, NH, Mark wrote songs as early as elementary school, followed by performances in original rock bands and jazz study at the Concord Community Music School. He received a BA in Music Performance in 1992 from the University of New Hampshire, where he played classical and jazz piano and apprenticed with such adjunct professors and visiting artists as Clark Terry, Phil Woods, and Jimmy Heath. He moved to Boston, continuing his studies at New England Conservatory, receiving a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies in 1994, working with such teachers as Bevan Manson, Paul Bley, and John McNeil, supplementing his education since then by studying with jazz gurus Kenny Werner, Hal Crook, and Charlie Banacos.

He moved to New York City in the mid-90’s to immerse himself in the hotbed of music that is Manhattan, and returned in 1997 to become an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music and to teach at his alma mater, UNH. He went on to release five albums: First Look (1997), Different Songs (2000), Other Voices (2003), Join the Club (2007), and Fugue Mill (2014). 

All throughout this creative career as a pianist and composer of his own material, Mark has been a consistent presence as a sideman. A tenure throughout much of the 90’s as a member of the Luciana Souza quintet led to his almost ubiquitous presence as an accompanist of vocalists, such as Lisa Thorson, The New York Voices, Kris Adams, Carolyn Leonhart, Rebecca Parris, and Patrice Williamson

Shilansky has kept active as a sideman with instrumentalists, as well, notably with guitarist Steve Kirby (playing piano and organ on his North Light CD), trumpeter Kenny Wheeler (with concerts at the Regattabar and New York’s Birdland), and on drummer David Jamrog’s Visions, a collective group featuring saxist George Garzone. 

Recently, Shilansky has entered the world of podcasting, with his Mark Shilansky’s Talking Music podcast, available on itunes, and featuring interviews with a diverse spectrum of local and international great musicians.

Mark serves as an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he has taught since 1997, teaching Ear Training, Arranging, Harmony, and Ensembles. He also has taught Jazz Piano and Ensembles at the University of New Hampshire, since 2002, and from 2009 to 2011 taught these subjects at University of Southern Maine.