Mark Tonelli Trio – Isthmus


press release: Illinois guitarist and songwriter Mark Tonelli brings his trio to Café Coda. Before landing in Illinois, where he is director of guitar studies at Millikin University in Decatur, Mark completed residencies in three major music centers: New York, Dallas and Kansas City. He has performed across the country at renowned venues such as The Jazz Standard in New York, The Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Blues Alley in Washington, DC, Sharp Nine Gallery in Durham, NC, and The Blue Room in Kansas City. , MO.

Mark has released three critically acclaimed CDs on the MTonal Music label. The group performs Mark’s award-winning original compositions as well as music by David Bowie, Queen and Tom Petty in unlikely but compelling jazz arrangements. Mark’s music has been featured on National Public Radio’s (NPR) All Things Considered, and he has been a winner or finalist in the Billboard Magazine World Song Contest, the USA Songwriting Competition, and the Great American Song Contest.

Mark is also a member of saxophonist Arthur White’s MERGE, a collective of musicians and composers known to jazz journalist Scott Yanow as “world-class players.” MERGE’s debut album, When You Find It, was released in 2020 on the Artists Recording Collective label and was to critical acclaim. For ten years, Mark was the guitarist of the US Army West Point Jazz Knights, touring and performing in some of the best venues in the country and with a who’s who of jazz legends including Benny Golson, Billy Cobham, Bobby Watson, Randy Brecker, Steve Turre, Rufus Reid, Bob Mintzer, John Riley, Claudio Roditi, Adam Nussbaum, as well as the Boston Pops and the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet.

Mark’s trio will feature Racine-based Nate Lienhard on bass, who for five years was the bassist of drummer Joe Morello’s famous trio; and Dr Matthew Endres on drums, professor of drums, jazz history and UW Marching Band Drum Line Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin. The group will perform an eclectic mix of jazz standards and original Mark compositions.

Matthew Endres


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