Mark Marino began studying guitar at the age of ten in Mineola, NY. He has studied with Joe Monk, Jim Hall and Gene Bertoncini. Mark has been playing jazz guitar professionally in and around the New York area since 1977. He has appeared at the Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with The Valerie Capers Jazz Ensemble. With this same ensemble, Mark has played the Half Note nightclub in Athens, Greece and the Nante Jazz Festival in France. He has been guest soloist with the Nassau Pops Orchestra at the Tilles Center. Mark has also performed at the Jazz Standard, City College in Manhattan, Nassau County Museum of Art, Nassau Community College, to name a few . He has been featured at the Long Island Guitar Festival at CW Post College.Other artists that Mark has performed with include Lionel Hampton, Ruth Brown, Billy Mitchell, Joe Morello, Joe Dixon and Jim Chapin. Mark currently performs at the Garage Restaurant, 99 7th Ave South, NYC on the third Saturday of each month. Mark is Professor of Jazz Guitar Studies at Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus as well as teaching privately at his music studio, MM Music in Massapequa, N.Y.