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Mark Winkler

Mark Winkler is a platinum award winning singer/lyricist who has had over 200 of his songs recorded and/or sung by such artists as Dianne Reeves, Randy Crawford, Liza Minnelli, Bob Dorough, Jackie Ryan, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Britain’s Claire Martin.

In the Spring of 2013 he released his 11th Cd “The Laura Nyro Project” featuring the Lyrics of 60s/70s Icon Laura Nyro. Already it is receiving great reviews and is riding high on the Jazz Week Charts. This follows up his 2011 CD of mostly original Winkler lyrics, “Sweet Spot” which was one of the top Top 5 Vocal Jazz CDs in Jazz Times magazine. He has also been featured in two national magazines- Jazz Times and Cabaret Scenes (where he was the cover boy) and did an interview and concert on Voice of America that was broadcast to over 60 countries.

As a lyricist he has written with such Jazz lumineres as Wayne Shorter, Duke Pearson, Joe Sample, David Benoit and Dexter Gordon.

He has performed in clubs in Los Angeles, in New York- at the Blue Note and the Laurie Beechman, Birdland and the Iridium, and has sung in London, Tokyo and Australia. He also performs with Manhattan Transfer’s Cheryl Bentyne in “An Evening of West Coast Cool” They will be touring more extensively in the coming months and have a CD coming out on Summit Records in the Fall called “West Coast Cool”.

He also wrote songs for the 4th longest running musical in Off Broadway History ‘Naked Boys Singing!” and has two other shows “Bark!” and “Too Old for the Chorus” touring the country.

As an educator he teaches lyric writing “Crafting Great Lyrics: A Songwriters Workshop” at UCLA extension and Songwriters School of Los Angeles and he writes columns for Music Connection magazine.





Eventbrite - Idyllwild Jazz In The Pines Festival 2014