“Eisenman’s heart belongs to the golden age of jazz… This kind of playing can only come from the inside, after having spent decades listening and playing. Your foot may just start tapping, your head may rhythmically nod, and your fingers may snap on the two and four.” – All About Jazz.com
Mark Eisenman is one among a handful of the top ‘in-demand’ jazz pianists in Toronto. Born in New York City but based in Toronto since 1972, Mark has performed in many different venues with numerous eminent Canadian and U.S. jazz artists including Art Farmer, Barney Kessel, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Sam Noto, and Pat LaBarbera.
Mark has clearly positioned himself, quite proudly, on the conservative side of the jazz spectrum. What this means is that Eisenman’s heart belongs to the golden age of jazz which was dominated by the Blue Note sound and the hard bop era.
He is an elegant pianist with a sensitive touch in the tradition of Horace Silver and Bill Evans, but more Bill than Horace. This video is shot from a strange angle (for students), but gives the viewer a sense of this pianist. Think Bill Evans at the Village Vanguard……Mark plays Stella.
- Mark Eisenman (piano)
- Steve Wallace (bass)
- Terry Clarke (drums)