Mark Soskin Biography

Mark Samuel Soskin, 12 July 1953, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Playing piano from childhood, Soskin developed into a gifted player and became an especially notable accompanist. After studying at Colorado State University, he attended Berklee College Of Music before moving to the west coast where he played with Pete Escovedo and Sheila E. Others with whom he worked in the 70s were Mel Martin, Roger Glenn, Eddie Henderson, Bill Summers, a band that also included newcomer Dianne Reeves, Billy Cobham, Ray Obiedo and towards the end of the decade Sonny Rollins. His association with the latter proved to be especially fruitful and Soskin played and recorded again with the saxophonist over the next dozen years.

In the 80s and 90s, Soskin performed and often recorded with artists such as Astrud Gilberto, George Russell, Jon Lucien, Stanley Turrentine, Jeanie Stahl, Nanette Natal, Herbie Mann, Hendrik Muerkens, Ronnie Cuber and Steve Slagle. During these years, Soskin showed a marked liking for Brazilian music and this is reflected both in the company he kept and the music he played. Through the 90s and into the 00s, Soskin played with Roland Vasquez, Claudio Roditi, Joe Locke, Bobby Watson, Carla White, and Greg Abate.

Through the years, Soskin also led his own groups, usually a trio members of which were often Harvie Swartz and Adam Nussbaum. With Joe LaBarbera and Sheila Jordan, Soskin and Swartz formed a group named Spirits, which played at Vartan Jazz in Colorado, a venue where Soskin was a long-term and much respected performer.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.