Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 6, 2007

Grammy-Nominated Jazz Pianist Mark Levine to Perform March 20 at Whitworth

Mark Levine, a composer and Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, will present a recital Tuesday, March 20, at 8 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall at Whitworth College. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

Levine's "ISLA" was nominated in 2003 for a Grammy in the Best Latin Jazz Recording category. He received National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1975 and '77, and has played and recorded with jazz legends including Dizzy Gillespie and Chet Baker. His interest in Latin jazz has led him to work with Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo and Cal Tjader (including Tjader's Grammy-winning Concord Jazz recording "La Onda Va Bien"), among others. Levine's compositions have been recorded by musicians including Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell, Tito Puente and Poncho Sanchez.

Levine is the author of The Jazz Piano Book, an essential resource for jazz pianists worldwide that has been translated into French, German, and Spanish. His 1996 publication, The Jazz Theory Book, was selected by JazzTimes magazine as the top choice in its recommended basic jazz library. For more information on Mark Levine, visit www.marklevine.com.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Dan Keberle, director of the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble and professor of music, (509) 777- 4582 or dkeberle@whitworth.edu.

Joan Lack or Loree Swegle, music department program assistants, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3280, or jlack@whitworth.edu or lswegle@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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