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Pittsburgh Connection
too many to list.....Lee Robinson & Iska, Rodney McCoy & The Silk Band, The Brotherhood, Full Circle (this was truly the Dream Team!), House of Soul, etc, etc. etc...
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
I have had the opportunity to play with quite a few of Pittsburgh's talented musicians, to single out some would be a slight to the rest.....Arnold Stagger & John Hall are two of the city's best bass players, these are the 2 guys that I've have the best times sharing the rhythm section with! Brian Clarke, Donna Davis, Sonny Barbato, etc. etc.
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
I usually listen to Sirius Satellite Radio, lots of selections when it comes to Jazz....
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
I liked the OLD places that my dad used to take me to when I was a kid...K & S Lounge, The Encore, The Hurricane, Karl's Kork & Keg, The Crossroads, then when I started playing, these places were some of my favorite places to play...Small World, The Raspberry Rhinoceros, The Pyramid, The Balcony,TOO SWEET LOUNGE, The Zebra Room, damn I miss the good ol' days!
About Me:
Drummer and vocals as well, love live music, miss performing with a lot of my musical friends, hope to see some of you guys around soon. I'm finally retired with plenty of time to come listen to some good Pittsburgh Jazz, hell maybe even sit in on a good old fashioned "Jam Session"....
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At 1:43pm on January 21, 2013, Bill Vogel said…

Just wondering if you may be an old friend of years gone by?

At 2:51am on July 20, 2010, John Hall Jr said…
Yooooooo Mark, by all means swing through, its my session dawg be good to link up fosho!!!
At 10:39pm on December 22, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Mark,

We miss you too. You have already brought back some fond memories in your profile answers. You will have a ball refreshing your mind here and you will feel right at home whenever you happen to come through. Please share some of your photos of your Dad and grandfather you may have. Thank your for joining and please add me as a friend.
At 5:27pm on December 21, 2009, Mark Leonard said…
80/81....Man I STILL remember that tune, Patagonia, Jean Pierre....you and Arnold taught me very well! "Avant Garde"...I will always remember what that means. Hope to see you around in the near future, Happy Holidays!
At 1:03am on December 21, 2009, LEE ROBINSON said…
Stay on top of it . Joe Harris would say ." You never know when you might get that call. Take care.
At 9:35pm on December 20, 2009, LEE ROBINSON said…
Hi Mark , You're one of my favorite drummers! let's see if we can change that situation......... 80/81.... ?
At 8:44pm on December 19, 2009, George C Jones said…
Hey Mark, Good to hear from you. Come down to C.Js in the strip on Thur. nights, Roger Humphries has a great jam session,bring your sticks lets have some fun. !
At 2:08pm on December 19, 2009, LEE ROBINSON said…
Hi Mark, I am still playing ........ What's up?!!!! Who are you with? Retired you must be playing drums a lot!!
Lee
At 2:37am on December 19, 2009, Frank B. Greenlee said…
It is good to hear from you and how is your dad? We are to have a school reunion in 2010...... Have him give me a call at 412-473-8996. Thanks

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