|Halfling Guitar Player|
Mark Kleinhaut has been playing jazz guitar for over thirty years, during which time he has achieved one of the most prized and elusive goals in jazz - a highly personal sound and recognizable voice on his instrument. Mr. Kleinhaut is a prolific jazz composer and has five CDs of his original jazz compositions, including Chasing Tales with trumpeter Tiger Okoshi and A Balance of Light, with Bobby Watson on alto sax. His newest release, Holding the Center represents further artistic evolution of his style with use of sampled sounds, electronic guitar effects and rhythms borrowed from latin, funk, rock and reggae music.
Mr. Kleinhaut completed his formal music studies at Rutgers University under the direction of the late Ted Dunbar. Mark makes frequent trips to New York City to play with friends at clubs such as Detour Jazz Club, 55 Bar and Trumpets, or as a member of the jazzcorner.com community in jam sessions at the Iridium and Birdland. He has taken his trio on tour in Germany and the Netherlands, and has toured as a duo in Cuba with clarinetist/whistler Brad Terry. In Maine, the Mark Kleinhaut Trio plays frequent host to visiting headliners such as Jerry Bergonzi, Alex Foster, Greg Abate and Scott Reeves.
During his 3-year term as president of the Maine Jazz Alliance (a non-profit jazz support and advocacy group), Mr. Kleinhaut was instrumental in bringing a long list of jazz luminaries to Southern Maine and worked tirelessly for jazz education. Under his leadership, MJA brought Jazz music to thousands of Maine School children through the "Jazz Goes to School" program.
Mr. Kleinhaut teaches privately, was adjunct faculty at University of Southern Maine, and has conducted clinics and workshops at Universities and High Schools, including Bowdoin College and the University of Maine. He uses his business acumen for the betterment of jazz in his community as a founding director of Access Jazz, Inc. a non-profit organized to promote public awareness and understanding of jazz. He has served as a member of the board of the Maine Jazz Alliance, University of Southern Maine's School of Music advisory board, and on the boards of the Maine Jazz Festival and the Maine Jazz Camp.
Check out his website at www.markkleinhaut.com.
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