Mark Josefsberg

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Influenced by Milt Jackson, Gary Burton, and Bobby Hutcherson, Mark Josefsberg is a vibist who has focused largely on hard bop and post-bop. The improviser was born in Queens, NY and grew up in Queens'…
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Influenced by Milt Jackson, Gary Burton, and Bobby Hutcherson, Mark Josefsberg is a vibist who has focused largely on hard bop and post-bop. The improviser was born in Queens, NY and grew up in Queens' Flushing section, where he started playing vibes at 14. Josefsberg began playing jazz gigs around New York in the early '70s, and the late '70s found him playing on a few albums by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band -- a unique, quirky group that fused soul and disco with elements of swing. Over the years, he played or recorded as a sideman for a variety of jazzmen, including Don Cherry, Joe Lovano, Frank Wess, Reggie Workman, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Terry Clarke, Gene Bertoncini, Dave Douglas, Chris Potter and Billy Mitchell. Josefsberg met Barbara Sfraga, a risk-taking singer, through bassist Stephen Roane in 1988, and they were married in 1993. In 1996, he formed his trio, Threeedom, with bassist Fred Berman and drummer Skip Scott, and the group's first CD, Mark Josefsberg & Threeedom! (which marked his recording debut as a leader) came out on the vibist's own Sound Ideas label in 1998. The late '90s also found Josefsberg playing with Phillip Johnston's Transparent Quartet, which recorded for Koch Jazz.