Mark is a native of Southern California, and grew up in Huntington Beach. He was raised in a musical family; his father was a professional saxophonist, and his mother played the vibes and was always singing around the house. Music was constantly in the air, and Mark was reared on the sounds of everyone from Stan Getz to The Beatles.
Mark’s first instrument was the clarinet, starting on the alto sax later at about age 12.
After high school, Mark remained in Orange County and attended Golden West and Orange Coast colleges. While at Golden West, Mark studied with renowned saxophonist Tom Kubis.
Mark enrolled at the famed Berklee College of Music where he was fortunate to meet and study with saxophone legend Phil Woods, an experience that continues to provide inspiration even today. Mark returned to California and started his first professional gigs.
In 2001, Mark teamed up with guitarist and co-producer Peter Sprague to release his first recoding as a leader “Jazz Influence” on SBE records, along with pianist Mike Wofford, bassist Bob Magnusson, and drummer John Guerin. Brasilian jazz is Mark’s great passion. His 2nd CD “Samba Copacabana” was recorded in Rio de Janeiro with a host of Rio’s top players, and released in 2009 to critical acclaim.
Ana is a jazz drummer based in Los Angeles who carries her Brazilian roots to various musical situations.
“Barreiro was a constant source of joy the entire evening with a very clear and precise ride cymbal sound” – Robert Bush, jazz critic NBC San Diego.
Originally from Poços de Caldas, a town in the Southeast of Brazil, she was awarded a Latin America Scholarship from Berklee College of Music and made the move to Boston in 2009. She then relocated to Los Angeles in 2013 to pursue a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California where she studied with Peter Erskine and worked as his Teacher Assistant.
As an active drummer in the Los Angeles Jazz scene she has had the opportunity to perform with Larry Koonse, Catina DeLuna, Bob Sheppard, Darek Oles, Edwin Livingston, Scott Healy, Kirsten Edkins, Isaac Smith, Bruce Forman, Amy K Bormet and is currently the drummer for Grammy Nominated pianist Otmaro Ruiz.
Ana is on the Faculty at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, and at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.
Born in 1960, Kleber came from a family rich in musical traditions. His father was a singer and bassist and his grandfather played the Cavaquinho and the Bandolin. Surrounded by the music and song of his family and their lively cultural activity of the neighborhood where he was raised, Kleber’s innate musical talents were soon recognized and nurtured. He was given his first guitar at the age of eight and by the time he was a teenager, he was entertaining professionally.
After recording and performing in Rio Kleber came to LA in 1988 to learn, develop, and improve his skills as a guitarist. Studying guitar with Ted Greene and arranging and composing with Moair Santos he began playing with his own group throughout California and has delighted audiences at concerts and festivals.
Kleber has toured thoughout the US, Asia, and Europe and performed with such noted jazz performers as Sergio Mendes and John Patitucci
Good friend and CalJAS House Concert Host, Luther is involved in the music business in a number of ways:
- As a musician, he currently leads The Cannonball-Coltrane Project, as well asLuther Hughes & Friends: Remembering The Nat King Cole Trio, andH.E.R.K. Artists he has performed include Quincy Jones, Joe Pass, Patti Page, and the Fifth Dimension.
- As a record producer and music publisher, Luther heads up Primrose Lane Music, which he founded in 2004.
- As an educator, Luther currently teaches at Cal State University in Fullerton Ca. and Saddleback College in Mission Viejo Ca. He has taught at Cal State University Long Beach Ca. , Goldenwest College in Huntington Beach Ca. , the Musicians Institute in Hollywood Ca., Rio Hondo College in Whittier Ca. and formerly served as the Southern California Regional Director for Bruce Forman’s JazzMasters Workshop.