Mark GiammarioThe Mark Giammario Quartet will perform on January 8, 2012 at the historic Santa Fe Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue, Norman, as a part of the Performing Arts Studio Sunday Jazz at the Depot series. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.  An admission fee of $7 will be charged ($5 for seniors/students; free for 18 and under). Refreshments will be provided.

In addition to Mark Giammario on drums, the quartet features Cory Gavito on piano, Raul Reyes on bass, and Brent Blount on saxophone.

Mark Giammario is a drummer, percussionist and composer with extensive musical experience in the Philadelphia, New York City, and Oklahoma City metropolitan areas. This experience includes a wide variety of genres and styles including jazz, orchestral, rock, Caribbean, Afro-Cuban and seventeenth century Spanish music. Mark recently earned a Masters in Music Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma where he also assisted in directing ensembles. Mark works professionally as a freelance musician with faculty members from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma, and with several local groups and artists. He is currently an accompanist for the OU School of Dance, and teaches privately at Sonder Music and his home studio.

Cory Gavito teaches jazz piano and music history courses at Oklahoma City University. Before joining the OCU faculty on 2006, Cory studied at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Texas. His teachers include John Owings and Barney McAll, and he has performed with such jazz luminaries as Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, John Reilly, and Conrad Herwig.

Raul Reyes is a bassist and pianist from Havana, Cuba. He studied music and acoustic bass at  Escuela Nacional d’Arte in Havana. Raul performed for four years with the Camaguey Symphony Orchestra. He also has experience playing jazz, salsa, and many styles of Cuban music. Since arriving in the US on Christmas day 2010, Raul has been teaching privately out ot his home, and performing around the Oklahoma City area.

Brent Blount received his Bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance from UCO and his Master’s degree in clarinet performance from OCU. Brent has played in various bands, including leading his own jazz and blues band in Oklahoma for the last 23 years.  For more about Brent, visit his website at http://brentblount.com.

Sunday Jazz at the Depot concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding comes from generous individual and business sponsors.

The Performing Arts Studio Gallery and office in the Norman Depot are open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Phone 405-307-9320 for additional information about PAS programs.