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Mark in Istanbul

Mark becomes the first resident DJ at New York’s legendary CHINA CLUB.

While there he catches the attention of club and concert impresario HOWARD STEIN, famous for owning disco-era STUDIO 54’s only rival, XENON, New Wave club, ROCK LOUNGE, and earlier, one of America’s biggest concert producers, presenting
THE ROLLING STONES
JANIS JOPLIN
PINK FLOYD
THE WHO
LED ZEPPLIN
THE DOORS
and BETTE MIDLER among many others.

Howard wants to open a posh, intimate supper club on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He wants the music to be special and he invites Mark to be the Musical Director.

Mark is given carte blanche with the music and once again he creates an eclectic mix of lounge and dance music that draws from numerous sources and influences.

The club, AU BAR, on East 58th St. between Park Ave. and Madison Ave. quickly becomes the epicenter for the international set that makes Manhattan its play ground.

AUSSI, AU BAR’s sister club in THE HAMPTONS, opens, followed by AU BAR PALM BEACH in Florida, both under Mark’s musical direction

LE JAZZ AU BAR is launched, presenting some of the best live vocal & jazz talent in a deluxe intimate setting.
Mark is privileged to play opening and closing DJ sets, for
DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER
RUTH BROWN,
SHIRLEY HORN,
MARLENA SHAW,
MADELEINE PEYROUX,
ELIANE ELIAS,
ROSA PASSOS,
GEORGE SHEARING,
TIERNEY SUTTON,
KEVIN MAHOGANY,
ANDY BEY,
STACY KENT,
KARRIN ALLYSON,
CLEO LAINE,
CARMEN LUNDY
WESLA WHITFIELD,
EDDIE PALMIERI,
DAVID SANCHEZ
and FREDDIE COLE.

Mark mixes the AU BAR CD, subtitled “LIVE AT AU BAR ….INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FROM NEW YORK’S LEGENDARY NIGHTCLUB” which was released by Atoll Music in France and was distributed by MSI Music (the distributor of the HOTEL COSTES compilations) in the United States.

He guest DJs at
CAFE DEL MAR in IBIZA,
MEZZANINE D’ALCAZAR, L’ARC and CASTEL in PARIS,
HOTEL ARENA & NL in AMSTERDAM,
TERRACE@THE CLARIS in BARCELONA,
PAROS, GREECE
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
BELGIUM,
BASH, THE SHORE CLUB, PACHA, STATE, SUSHI SAMBA and CAFE SEGAFREDO in MIAMI BEACH
PALM BEACH CLUB and AU BAR, PALM BEACH, Florida
SAINT JAMES CLUB, ANTIGUA in the CARIBBEAN
AUSSI and ROCCO’S LA PLAYA (with Body & Soul dj DANNY KRIVET) in New York’s fashionable summer playground, THE HAMPTONS.
BEVERLY HILLS HILTON, Beverly Hills, CALIFORNIA
LAKE TAHOE JAZZTRAX FESTIVAL, NEVADA
SAN DIEGO KIFM JAZZ FESTIVAL, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
JAZZ NEW YEARS FESTIVAL, LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA

Mark, produces, programs and hosts the three hour long show EURO SATURDAY NIGHT on WBSQ-FM in THE HAMPTONS.

He regularly features chill, lounge and dance mixes by some of Europe’s top djs, including an an hour each week from STEPHANE POMPAGNAC, the DJ and compiler of the HOTEL COSTES, Paris compilations.

Mark is featured in the GLOBAL LOUNGE SESSIONS in Miami Beach at the WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE,
playing with
BRUNO FROM CAFE DEL MAR, IBIZA
MONTE LA RUE
HARLEY AND MUSCLE
DJ DOVE

He is featured at the TRIBAL SESSIONS (with Chus & Ceballos, Ron Carrol, Ivano Bellini, and Ricky Montanari) at WMC. Also plays at BASE and The Red Room at The Skybar at THE SHORE CLUB in Miami Beach.

At ADE, In Amsterdam, he plays at the “Twisted Disco” party with Monte La Rue at NL
Also the Therapy Sessions with Dutch DJ Bart Thimbles and Jason Bentley (Bossanova, Los Angeles) including live sets by Praful, and Adani & Wolf, at Hotel Arena.

Returns to the WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE, Miami Beach, plays with JUNIOR JACK and ANTOINE CALAMARIN at STATE nightclub.

At the WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE/ M3 SUMMIT, Mark is featured at The MEDITERRANEAN VIBES party with top Spanish and Ibiza DJ/producers DANNY MARQUEZ and DAVID PENN.

He launchs the acclaimed compilation series LE GROOVE ECLECTIQUE, subtitled “A Chilled Out Voyage Through Global Dance Music.” With LE GROOVE I & II

His recording/producing project has him collaborating with guitarist, JERRY FRIEDMAN. who has accompanied
GLADYS KNIGHT,
DIONNE WARWICK,
RAY CHARLES,
STEVIE WONDER,
BEN E. KING,
THE TEMPTATIONS,
GLORIA GAYNOR,
CAROL DOUGLAS,
RICHIE HAVENS,
BONNIE RAITT,
LONNIE SMITH,
HERBIE MANN,
ROY AYERS,
JIMMIE MCGRIFF,
LOU RAWLS,
PAUL SIMON,
and BILLY JOEL and many others.

“DREAMSVILLE,” Mark’s original composition from Rendezvous Lounge, is heard on radio stations across the U.S. with a total listening audience of almost 30 million people. The song was in the top 30 playlist of CD 101.9 FM, New York, for over 10 months, reaching a top chart position of ..5.

Mark is an A&R/producer/artist with the BEVERLY HILLS- based label, RENDEZVOUS ENTERTAINMENT, headed by saxophonist DAVE KOZ.

Signs the album ONE DAY DEEP by the incredibly talented Amsterdam-based PRAFUL. whose 1st single, “SIGH”, is ..1 on RADIO & RECORDS’ American Smooth Jazz Radio airplay chart and stays in the top 5 for over 8 months.

Album is TOP 10 on BILLBOARD’S CONTEMPORARY JAZZ & BILLBOARD’S ELECTRONIC SALES CHARTS and also made BILLBOARD’S DANCE CLUB PLAY chart.

A&Rs remixes of “SIGH” done by Amsterdam’s top dj/remixer/producers. Signed 2nd Praful album, “Pyramid In Your Backyard,” released in May 2005. 1st single, has charted on radio as well.

Mark also compiles and mixes the RENDEZVOUS LOUNGE series, highlighting the best new and established chill/lounge/downtempo/electronic artists with an emphasis on artists that perform live.

The first RENDEZVOUS LOUNGE includes artists from the U.K., France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy and Norway.
Mark debuts the first RENDEZVOUS LOUNGE compilation at Winter Music Conference when he plays at the RENDEZVOUS LOUNGE CD launch party held at BASE, Miami Beach’s leading lifestyles store.

Mark is the guest on JAZZTRAX, the longest running nationally syndicated Smooth Jazz show on American commercial radio. The 5 hour show featured the music of RENDEZVOUS LOUNGE.
JAZZTRAX picked “Ocean Beach” by Black Mighty Orchestra from RENDEZVOUS LOUNGE as the ..1 Song of the Year for 2004.
And RENDEZVOUS LOUNGE was picked as the top compilation album.
First DJ to be a featured when he plays the Lake Tahoe Jazztrax Summer Jazz Festival, summer 2004.

Mark is music programming consultant for the 2 hour syndicated commercial radio show, “CHILL WITH CHRIS BOTTI.” The show features downtempo/chill/lounge artists and is the first commercially syndicated show of its kind in the U.S.

BOTTI is a best selling Columbia/Sony contemporary jazz artist with five of his own albums.

Mark plays the launch party for the show in the Chill Suite of the BEVERLY HILLS HILTON at the RADIO & RECORDS convention in Los Angeles.

Mark is a featured artist on the weeklong DAVE KOZ AND FRIENDS AT SEA cruise , sailing from California down the Mexican Riviera.
He joined
DAVE KOZ,
CHRIS BOTTI,
GEORGE DUKE,
PRAFUL,
MARC ANTOINE,
PATTI AUSTIN,
WAYMAN TISDALE,
JONATHAN BUTLER,
DAVID BENOIT,
JEFF GOLUB
and JEFFREY OSBORNE.

He is musical curator for chill and downtempo music for Satellite Records.com, based in New York.

*In the summer of 2012, he is featured in the 3 day Soul Meeting festival on the beach in the south of France.

 *In November, 2012, he goes on tour in Turkey, playing the W, Istanbul and the House Cafe, Ankara.

 *In December 2012, he launches the Saturday night “Le Groove Eclectique” radio show on Radio Sasa, (www.sasa.com) broadcasting from Istanbul.

 *In March, 2013, He starts to host and produce “Manhattan Groove,” a 3 hour Saturday night show on a new station, Jazz Radio Istanbul (www.jazzradio.co.tr)

 *In Aug. 2013 he co-produces a live jazz concert for Jazz Radio Istanbul, featuring French guitarist Marc Antoine with his All Star Band and Italian saxophonist Aaron Tesser and New Jazz Affair on the coast of Turkey.

 *He has a summer 2014 residency playing the Praia Grande Sunset Sessions, on the beach in Ferragudo, Portugal

 After chilling in Provence,in the south of France for seven years, Mark is now living in the Algarve, in the south of Portugal.

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