Jazz Pianist, Bandleader, Composer, Educator, and Author
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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.
I am the founder and artistic director of the Milwaukee Jazz Institute (MJI) which promotes jazz education and performance for all ages. I'm excited about the ways in which our events and activities bring people in the community together and bolster our vibrant music scene. Please check out our website (www.milwaukeejazzinstitute.org) to learn about the exciting events, classes, ensembles, workshops, and concerts we are offering. Thanks for visiting, and I hope to hear from you!
Stay safe and healthy, and keep music in your life during this difficult time.
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!
Click here to listen to a radio interview about the Jazz Piano Method. UPDATE: Mark is now the artistic director of the Milwaukee Jazz Institute (MJI) and is no longer affiliated with WCM as mentioned in the interview.
"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)
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