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High energy, through-composed jazz music & perhaps the first jazz record where the bandleader plays both saxophone and bass.
High energy, through-composed jazz music & perhaps the first jazz record where the bandleader plays both saxophone and bass.
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About "Days, Months, Years"

The Mark Zaleski Band's new album "Days, Months, Years" is not only a culmination of my compositions, arrangements, bass playing and saxophone playing but also a representation of how my performing life has evolved within the past 8 years.

The title of this album is my answer to the question "How do you build a performing career?" Remaining open to new experiences may send you on a journey that you may have never imagined. Teaching, performing, collaborating & even learning a new instrument have not only shaped my career but also my personal experiences. 

Your days turn into months and the months turn into years and the next thing you know, with enough hard work, you've managed to create something that represents who you are as an artist.

I couldn't be more excited about the product we have created here!  It's so more than an album to me.  It's a snapshot into my life as a modern, working musician.  

I can't wait to share this album with the world, especially my students, and anyone else trying to navigate their own artistry.

The Recording Process

This album is unique because I am performing both the bass and alto/soprano saxophone roles. As far as I know, this has never been done on a jazz album before.

The task of playing bass and saxophone on an album while keeping the music organic presented it's own set of challenges but I feel that we pulled it off!  I'm grateful to my band for trusting in me throughout this entire recording process.

Sneak Peak Listen!

Here is a selection of a track from "Days, Months, Years."  I refer to this one as the MZB theme song as it opens many of our shows.  It's called, "Mark In The Park."

Funding

Until now, this project has been independently funded through our shows.  We feel grateful to be in a place where we can take the next step in creating and sharing high energy, improvised music.

With your help, the proceeds raised from this campaign will go towards studio costs, promotional materials and publicity for "Days, Months, Years". 

Please see our campaign offerings in return for your support.

Thank You!

I am forever grateful to my friends, family and fans for the past 11 years that have supported The Mark Zaleski Band.  I look forward to the next 11 years with you.

Risks and challenges

Promotion by way of press and publications has been one of the biggest challenges as a performer. As an independant artist, I've gone to great lengths to reach out to as many newspapers, magazines, and bloggers as I possibly can, but self promotion can only get you so far! It's time to let the pros handle this part of the process & I believe that they will be able to push my musical brand out to new audiences all over the world.

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    Autographed CD

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    MZB CD Collection

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    The Mark Zaleski Library

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    Library + Sheet Music

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    Everything at the $100 level PLUS a one-hour music lesson with Mark via Skype. Topics could include saxophone performance, clarinet performance, bass performance, composition, improvisation techniques, making a career in music, or could just function as a personal Q&A session about the record.

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Funding period

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