Mark Block
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Where are you located?
Los Angeles
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist
Tell us a little about your background...
Have been playing guitar for almost 40 years. Studied with Billy Bauer, Jack Wilkins, Ted Greene, John Stowell, and others. Although I earned a college degree in another discipline, I minored in music, taking all the classical and jazz theory, and arranging courses I could. And as you know, the learning never stops. I have also studied classical guitar for many years.

I've played in clubs throughout the Los Angeles area. I like big band, but particularly enjoy small jazz group settings, and solo jazz guitar where I have less limitations. Although I now gravitate toward the more traditional sound of an arch top guitar straight into an amp, I still have tons of electric gear from my funky, fusion days, and who knows, should the right project come along, the cases and dust covers will come off! My influences on the guitar are George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell, Johnny Smith, Pat Metheny, George Van Eps, Joe Pass, Harold Alden, Jim Hall, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack Wilkins, and so many others. Don't even let me get started with saxophone or piano players. There are so many new, amazing young guitarists whom I'm constantly discovering, bringing me fresh energy and inspiration, and renewing my spirit to hear and try new things. In spite of all this, I try not to actually think like a guitar player when I improvise.

I do not confine myself to a singular 'school' of jazz. At times, particularly when playing solo guitar, I'll enjoy an almost nostalgic, if not romantic, Americana treatment of old tunes. Yet, when in a modern, group setting, would be inclined toward a modernistic harmonic, and rhythmic approach. Well, eventually some tracks will follow.
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Lisa Nobumoto
What Instrument do you play?
Guitar
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http://markblock@verizon.net
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At 4:22pm on August 23, 2010, Lisa Nobumoto said…
Hey There Mark! Wonderful for you to re-connect! Yes, I love to ski-especially in Big Bear and will be doing so this winter...How is your music scene presently? Hopefully you are thriving in a manner of speaking! i am presently in Las Vegas, and moving about now...During the winter-you'll know where I'll be! keep in touch! Lisa
At 11:08am on July 12, 2010, Dr. De Sayles Grey said…
Hello Mark,
Thank you for accepting.
At 6:35pm on July 10, 2010, Dr. De Sayles Grey said…
Hi Mark,
Thank you for your kind words. It's available on the Amazon.com web site. A person with your background should enjoy... Check it out.
 
 
 

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