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Final Stages of Poetry Book

Some final editing has been done on the long awaited collection of original poetry, "The Cry of the Lonely, the Song of the Poet: Collected Poems 1972-2006".

New York Jewish Week Letter

On April 18, 2014, a letter on international politics was published.

Cleveland Jewish News Letter

On March 28, 2014, a letter concerning the Cleveland Indians was published.

New York Jewish Week Letter

On Sept 6, 2013, a letter regarding Jewish identity was published.

Solo Performance at Roulette

Mark appeared at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY on March 27th 2013 giving a solo piano performance for the Peter Cox Musical Memorial. Peter was a dedicated jazz fan and friend of his. Mark opened the star-studded event in Brooklyn, delivering a tribute speech about Peter Cox, and performed an original composition for solo piano to much acclaim. The performance was caught on video and will be available in the near future.

Wikipedia listing

Mark has been given a Wikipedia listing! A very lengthly bio, discography, art profile and other information can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Jones_(musician) or by Googling “Mark Jones Musician Wikipedia.”

"Memories of the Future" CD

Mark’s latest recording “Memories of the Future” will be released very soon. It is a CD of solo piano works from 2 different sessions in the 1980’s. There are 4 tracks, including "Inner Odyssey” which he later performed live and was released on his CD of the same name. Mark is also designing the cover artwork.

New York Times Letter

On May 3, 2012, Mark appeared in the New York Times Book Review section with a letter relating to African-American iconography:

New York Jewish Week Letter

On May 1st, 2012 Mark’s letter was published in the New York Jewish Week on the subject of Jewish atheism"

New Essay Completed

Mark has finished a critical study of Bob Dylan's song "Visions of Johanna." It examines the symbolism and meaning of the lyrics as poem, in the context of the music and of existential thought. Hopefully it will be published soon. To read the work, click here.

Newly Published in The New York Times

MJ's critique of former Browns and current Jets receiver Braylon Edwards appears in the 8/15/10 Sunday Sports section of the NY Times.

MJ on Broadway is Available!

At long last, Mark’s latest recording, "Live at Iridium" has been released and is available for purchase on this site. The performance of Mark and his band "Sound Sculpture," was recorded at the world famous Iridium Jazz Club on Broadway at 51st in NYC on July 29th, 2009. By all accounts, it was an electrifying set of MJ originals, with Mark’s Steinway grand piano joined by an ensemble of renowned New York virtuosi on electric violin, bass, drums and percussion. The tunes are very melodic and memorable, yet forged with challenging, abstract improvisations. The poet Jeff Schwartz, author of "Contending with the Dark" and teacher at the Greenwich Academy, was inspired to write a poem about the evening (click on the link to read it).

In addition to a live, mobile multi-track recording by Leslie Bloome, there was a 2 camera shoot of the performance, that was edited into a DVD. 3 versions of the concert are available: the CD of the 7 songs, the DVD of the 7 songs, and a special edition version that includes Mark telling stories between songs about how he came to compose each work. So if you want to just watch and listen to the music, buy the regular DVD. If you want to experience the whole concert as it was presented with the story-telling, purchase the special edition. The first 2 formats are 1 hour long, and the special edition is about 90 minutes. A couple of clips from the DVD are posted below and on Youtube.

New Endorsement

Marcos Valle is one of the most venerated composers and performers in the history of Brazilian music, with a career spanning nearly 50 years. His 1965 hit, "Samba de Verão," in English -- "So Nice (Summer Samba)" is probably the most recorded Brazilian song in history after "the Girl from Ipanema," and he’s worked with everyone from Sinatra to Sergio Mendes to the band Chicago. Mark met Marcos in Rio 3 years ago and sent him a copy of his Brazilian music EP "BossAmerioca." In June, 2010, the two met up again at Marcos’ Birdland gig, and Marcos told Mark how much he enjoyed the CD. They discussed the fine points of some of Mark’s arrangements, and Marcos was eager to hear Mark’s ensuing "Live at Iridium" release. Marcos joins such fellow Brazilian legends as Roberto Menescal, Carlos Lyra, and Rio institutions such as the Vinicius Piano Bar and the Bossa Nova Museum and record store -- Toca da Vinicius in praising Mark’s Brazilian music.

Cleveland Performance

On Saturday, July 3rd, Mark joined old 1960’s Mo Schwartz Blues Band bandmate, west-coast guitarist Darryl Berk to play a few tunes at their 40th high school reunion at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cleveland. Mark sang and played keys on a rousing rendition of Dylan’s "All Along the Watchtower" to the enthusiastic delight of his Beachwood High classmates. Acclaimed recording artist Marty Goetz from Nashville also joined them on vocals on a couple other tunes.

MJ is Published Again

In the latest issue of Downbeat Magazine (August 2010), with fellow ex-Clevelander Joe Lovano on the cover, Mark has a letter published that corrects journalist Ken Micallef’s errors concerning the discography of British guitarist John McLaughlin, with regards to the chronology of his recordings of John Coltrane material.

On September 25, 2009, Mark had a letter published in the New York Jewish Week concerning anti-war politics of the 60’s, and in the November 13th issue of the same publication, the lead letter on the subject of the philosophy of faith.