Mark Eisenman is one among a handful of top "in-demand" jazz pianists in Toronto. Born in New York City but based in Toronto since 1972, Mark started studying the piano with his father. By the age of eighteen he had resolved that he would be pursuing the piano as a career interest. He entered into the music programme at York University and after a short time discovered jazz music. With his introduction to this idiom his musical interest peaked.

Indeed, with jazz, he found what he characterizes as a "niche" and furthermore, what is clearly for him a continuing source of genuine inspiration. Under the tutelage of John Gittins and others Mark ultimately took a degree in Fine Arts, and as testimony to his continuing dedication to the learning process, currently conducts jazz workshops at York as a part-time faculty member. His teaching has expanded to include noted jazz clarinetist Phil Nimmons' "The Jazz Camp" and classes at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario.

Mark has performed in many different venues with numerous eminent Canadian and U.S. jazz artists including the following: Blue Mitchell, Woody Shaw, Nat Adderley, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Sam Noto and Pat LaBarbera, Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy, Ranee Lee, Barney Kessel, Lew Tabackin, Jim Galloway, Ralph Bowen, Carol Welsman, Don Menza, Mike Murley. He has also had numerous radio appearances and is well represented on recordings, and has toured extensively with saxophonist Alex Dean and bassist Dave Young.

In addition to being a pianist of great clarity and discipline, Mark has been developing his compositional skills. His efforts in this area have resulted in a majority of his tunes to this date enjoying exposure on recordings with a variety of groups. In this capacity, his works have been described as "……..showing a flair for wide-ranging form and expression".

In Mark's own words, what is most rewarding to him as a performer is the sense that "……everyone is having a good time because that means the music is good". With an outlook such as this, it should come as no surprise that he frequently works Toronto's major jazz spots. He is a skillful soloist, a versatile ensemble player, and thoughtful and sensitive accompanist. Those familiar with his range of abilities as a musician recognize that his efforts inevitably represent a genuine compliment to whatever context he finds himself placed in.


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Joe Coughlin Third AccessionUnity 147
Alex Dean Kaitlyn's WaltzUnity 139
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Pamela Campbell A Nightingale SangBP-CD02
Bonnie Brett At Montreal BistroBBCD 501-2
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Arlene Smith Stirred Not Shaken776127-0320-2 (Ind)
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From the Heart - A Tribute to Oscar Peterson Radioland RACD 10004

The Power of Beauty - A Tribute to Stan Getz Radioland RCAD 10009
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