TERESE GENECCO & HER LITTLE BIG BAND will be joined by West Coast singer/lyricist MARK WINKLER for Genecco's 1-Year Anniversary Shows at The Iridium Jazz Club on March 30th, 2010!
Mark Winkler is a platinum award winning singer/lyricist who has had over 150 of his songs recorded and/or sung by such artists as Dianne Reeves, Randy Crawford, Liza Minnelli, Bob Dorough and Lea Salonga. He has written lyrics for tunes by such esteemed composers as Wayne Shorter, Dexter Gordon, Joshua Redman and David Benoit. A composition he co-wrote with David Benoit, "Land of the Loving", is featured in all of the Philippine National Tourism Board's 2008/2009 TV commercials.
Mark has released 10 CDs in the US. His newest CD of mostly original Winkler lyrics, "Till I Get It Right" was released in March of 2009 on Freeham Records. It featured musicians Anthony Wilson, Bob Sheppard, Jamieson Trotter and Cheryl Bentyne of Manhattan Transfer who sang a duet with Mark on an original Winkler composition "Cool". The CD has been named as one of the top 10 jazz CD's of 2009 by three publications: DOWNBEAT, JERSEY JAZZ and JAZZ TIMES.
He is the co-writer of the hit Musical Review "Naked Boys Singing!" in its 10th year playing Off Broadway, and just released as a movie on DVD. He is the creator and co-writer of "Too Old for the Chorus" which has played successful engagements in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Diego. He has won both L.A. Weekly and Backstage West awards for best score for "Naked Boys Singing!" He has also co-written songs for the musical revues "Bark!" and "Hangin' Out".
His jazz musical "Play it Cool" which premiered in Los Angeles in 2007 got "Critics Choice" in the L.A. Times. It was chosen to be part of the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival in September of 2008 where it sold out all performances and got excellent reviews. It has just been nominated for Best Musical-Off Broadway by GLAAD.
As an educator Mark has taught seminars in lyric writing at The Songwriters Guild and the Learning Annex, and he now teaches "Crafting Great Lyrics: A Songwriters Workshop" at UCLA Extension and several workshops on Jazz CD Production and Marketing.