Fresh Coast Jazz Festival
Welcome to my website, where you can find out about my upcoming performances and events. I've been performing as a jazz pianist for over thirty years and have had the great privilege of working with legends such as Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Jimmy Heath, Brian Lynch, Charles McPherson, Frank Morgan, and Phil Woods, among others. As an educator, I've taught and served as the Chair of the Jazz Institute at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music since 1992. I'm happy to announce that my book, the Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method, is selling all over the world, and my second book, the Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method Book 2, was just released. All of these activities help me achieve my goal of promoting jazz and inspiring others in their musical endeavors. Thanks for visiting, and I hope to hear from you or see you at one of my gigs!
Jazz Piano Method
by Mark Davis The Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method is a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide designed for anyone interested in playing jazz piano from the complete novice just learning the basics to the more advanced player who wishes to enhance their keyboard vocabulary. There are lots of fun progressions and licks for you to play and absorb. The accompanying audio includes demonstrations of all the examples in the book! Topics include essential theory, chords and voicings, improvisation ideas, structure and forms, scales and modes, rhythm basics, interpreting a lead sheet, playing solos, and much more!
Jazz Piano Method Book 2
by Mark Davis The Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method Book 2 is a detailed, easy-to-use guide for anyone interested in furthering their jazz piano skills. There are many harmonic concepts, useful licks, and comping techniques for you to absorb. The accompanying audio includes demonstrations of all the examples in the book. Includes: harmonic exercises; melodic vocabulary; chord progressions and substitutions; melodic minor scale theory; locked-hands style; drop-two voicings; stride; walking bass lines; Latin styles; modern sounds; and much more!
"Mark Davis's Jazz Piano Method Book 2 and his earlier Jazz Piano Method are outstanding books for all aspiring jazz pianists. Mark is a superb pianist and educator who possesses the rare ability to explain and organize concepts in a way that is clear, logical, and easy to follow. These books are comprehensive and cover a wide range of essential information, presented in a way that makes learning jazz improvisation accessible to musicians of all experience levels. I recommend Jazz Piano Method and Jazz Piano Method Book 2 to all of my students at the University of North Florida."
-- Lynne Arriale, pianist and Professor of Jazz Studies and Director of Small Ensembles at the University of North Florida (has worked with Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, George Mraz, and others)
Fresh Coast Jazz Festival
Brian Lynch Quartet
Brian Lynch - trumpet, Mark Davis - piano, Jeff Hamann - bass, Kyle Swan - drums