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mark ucci + ron hanna
June 21 @ 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.
Born in Hamilton and raised in Guelph, Ron Hanna has played drums, focusing on jazz, since the age of 15. He studied with Dave Lewis and later Jim Blackley, and played in Toronto for many years.
Ron greatly appreciated the bassists he worked with. Eventually, later in life, he gave up drums completely and switched to the double bass, studying with Mike Downes.
He loved all the jazz bassists including Ray Brown, Scott Lafaro, Eddie Gomez, Michael Moore, Rufus Reid and Cecil McBee, but is most influenced by Gary Peacock.