Ham Jam House Concert

Marc Devine
06/18/2011

Marc Devine, one of Austin's finest jazz pianists, http://www.marcdevine.com/, with vocalist Denia Ridley. They preform with special guest, legendary vocalist Donna Hightower, along with their long-time bassist, Mark Nelms. With some talk about Donna Hightower possibly leaving Austin sometime soon, Denia and Marc are making a special trip from NYC to perform with Ms. Hightower.

Marc is a hard swingin' pianist rooted in the Bebop tradition, he leads his own bands and performs as a sideman in NYC.

Developing a taste for Jazz while still in highschool, he attended the University of New Hampshire and played with several Jazz ensembles including two big bands and a Jazz choir. While at UNH, Marc was exposed to great Jazz musicians such as Phil Woods, Milt Hinton, Frank Wess, took some lessons with pianist James Williams and was introduced to the music and teaching of legendary trumpeter Clark Terry (famous for his work with Lionel Hampton, Charlie Barnet, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, The Tonight Show Band) and trumpeter Stephen Fulton.

Through this meeting, Marc went on to study with Stephen Fulton and Morris Nelms at the Clark Terry International Institute of Jazz Studies. Through Clark Terry's approach to learning and Stephen Fulton's teaching and inspiration, Devine began to develop a style based on his piano influences Wynton Kelly, Red Garland (both of whom played with Miles Davis), Hampton Hawes, Bud Powell, Count Basie and Errol Garner. Marc also had the opportunity to study and perform with Jazz greats Red Holloway, Butch Miles, Jessie Davis, and, of course, Clark Terry.

After leaving the Clark Terry school, Devine moved to the Austin area where he played as a sideman and most often leading his own groups with vocalist Denia Ridley and the legendary vocalist Donna Hightower. His bands have performed regularly at all of Austin's Jazz venues and several festivals including The Zilker Park Jazz Festival, The Kemah Jazz Festival, and became a mainstay at the Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi, TX.

Now residing in NYC, Marc has played at many venues and is working with some of the finest Jazz musicians in the city including Junior Mance's rhythm section, Hide Tanaka on bass and Jackie Williams on drums, Lou Donaldson's long-time drummer, Fukushi Tainaka, Clark Terry's alto player, Dave Glasser, the great tenor saxophonist Jerry Weldon and most recently with the great Basie trombonist, Benny Powell.