Mark performs in Melbourne with his jazz piano trio and quintet and is accompanist to many of Melbourne’s best vocalists.
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Mark Fitzgibbon Jazz pianist – Jazz Trio
Mark Fitzgibbon was born into a strong entertainment tradition. He is the son of well known entertainer Graham “Smacka” Fitzgibbon nephew to actress \singer Maggie Fitzgibbon and grandson to pianist \ vaudevillian Min Fitzgibbon, his sister Nichaud is a famed jazz vocalist.
Mark studied music and piano under Fred Thomas, Marie Driscoll, Trevor Barnard and alto sax with Peter Clinch. Mark worked with many leading Melbourne bands in the 80’s including the Vince Jones band and Wilbur Wildes “Blowout”. In the 80’s moved to UK and performed throughout Europe and UK In London worked as a freelance pianist regularly performing at the 606 club, Pizza Express and Ronnie Scott’s jazz clubs.
Notable bands included Tommy Chase Qt, Alan Barne’s Pizza Express Modern Jazz Sextet, Clarke Tracey Gerard Presencer qt, Jean Toussaint, Ruth Rogers Wright Moontwist, The Moodists, Bryan Spring trio, Don Weller ,Art Themen , Henry Lowther qt , Tina May and Claire Martin. Mark returned to Australia in 91 and won the Wangarratta jazz festival piano prize. He has performed throughout Australia with many leading Jazz Artists such as Dale Barlow, Bernie Mcgann, Chris Mcnulty, Grace Knight.
A highly regarded jazz pianist, Mark has continues to be demand within Australia as a solo artist, accompanist, composer and recording artist on stage, TV and radio.
He has accompanied American jazz stars Scott Hamilton, Lee Konitz, John Stubblefield and Mark Murphy on their Australian tours and continues to tour Europe and Asia.
Mark performs in Melbourne with his jazz piano trio and quintet, Nichaud Fitzgibbon qt, Dave Graney’s Lurid yellow mist, and is accompanist to many of Melbourne’s best vocalists.
He was artist in residence at WAAPA, Edith Cowan University, WA in 2009 lecturing in jazz and piano studies and his new quartet CD “Closer” is on Jazzhead records.
Mark is currently back in Melbourne after being based in China working in Shanghai with the Theo Crocker Quintet at the famous Peace Hotel
Mark Fitzgibbon Jazz Trio
Mark’s Jazz Trio with traditional line up piano, double bass and drums or guitar
A swinging jazz trio playing standards, bossa’s and Melbourne’s top musicians.
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