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mark ucci + clark johnston
March 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
For the past 20 years Canadian jazz guitarist Mark Ucci has toured from coast to coast in Canada and internationally in the United States and China.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in Burlington, Mark took up the guitar at age 8 and was introduced to jazz music when he was 15. He subsequently went on to study guitar at Mohawk college with Canadian jazz icon Reg Schwager and composition with Mike Malone.
Mark has released two jazz trio recordings under his leadership. His debut CD “Moment To Moment” was recorded in 1998 along with Clark Johnston on bass and Anthony Michelli on drums, featuring original compositions as well as choice standards. His most recent CD titled “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” is entirely comprised of jazz standards; after the CD was released, Mark toured with the trio at major Canadian jazz festivals.
Mark is currently teaching at Mohawk College in the applied music program.
In collaboration with guitarist Bob Shields, Mark performs traditional Brazilian guitar duets. Mark and Bob have been working together for over two decades. Mark continues to write original compositions and perform them with his own trio and also actively works as a sideman in Toronto and surrounding area.
Clark Johnston has studied and played with some of the best jazz musicians in Canada. In his 17 years of professional playing experience he has worked with Peter Appleyard, Mike Malone, Lina Allemano, John MacLeod, Kirk MacDonald, Mike Murley, Michael Stewart, Phil Dwyer, Bob Mover, Laila Biali, Tara Davidson, Chris Gale, Reg Schwager, Lorne Lofsky, Ted Quinlan, Roy Patterson, David Occhipinti, David Braid, Adrian Farrugia, Joe Sealy, Nancy Walker, Gord Webster, Dave Restivo, Richard Whiteman, Bernie Senensky, Brian Dickinson, Ted Warren, Kevin Dempsey, Barry Romberg, Archie Alleyne, Bob McLaren, Laila Biali, Jude Johnson, Sue Ramsey, Tori Cassis, Heather Bambrick as well as many other great great musicians.Clark is on faculty at McMaster University and Mohawk College. Holding a bachelor of music from McGill University, Clark is currently working on a masters in composition at York University.