Saturday January 26, at 2:00 PM, the JAZZ at the NAZ benefit concert for Brandon's Libraries for Little Ones begins. The music performed by double Grammy-nominated master pianist Mark Little
ushers in an afternoon of supreme musical entertainment.
The FREE JAZZ at the NAZ performance will be held at the Moscow, Idaho Church of the Nazarene at 1400 E. 7th St.
When Mark Little was a little one, he dreamed about playing piano at Carnegie Hall. Mark says, I had a recurring dream when I was 2 or 3 years old that I was a concert pianist playing at Carnegie Hall," said Little, 61. I was wearing a tuxedo, but I was barefoot. I walked out of the Green Room, down this long hall, and on the stage I saw a piano that looked as big as a football field. And I saw a marquee with my name in lights. But there was no music around me, and I didn't know what Carnegie Hall was."
The first time I played Carnegie Hall was with Cleo Laine
and John Dankworth
," he said. We walked out of the Green Room and down this hallway with walls that were signed by all the people who have played there. And it was exactly the same as my dream."
San Antonio-based Little played his first pro gig at the age of 6. Little went on to the Berklee College of Music, where he studied with piano legend Bill Evans
. When he moved to California, he backed singer Laine and her husband and composer Dankworth. He's worked with many talented artists, including Bobby McFerrin
, blues, etc., singer Maria Muldaur
, Willie Nelson
and jazz giants including Joe Henderson
, Joe Lovano
and Chico Freeman
. He produced and played on his brother Ken Little
's '09 release, Simple America."
I love all styles of music; rock, blues, classical and country." But Mark says that jazz is his true love.
Eric Engerbretson, a jazz and blues guitarist will open for Mr. Little and perform during intermission.