From the first through the eighth grade, Mike Markaverich was locked into classical piano studies at Perkins School for the Blind. By the time he entered Bishop Guertin High School In Nashua, N.H., he was playing rock music and after matriculating at Dartmouth, the grand conversion from classical and pop to jazz occurred after he had listened to an Oscar Peterson album. The Peterson influence was so overwhelming that Markaverich switched majors, from French to music.
While he is fond of rippling, glissandi and showers of notes, there is little to indicate that he is trying to be an Oscar Peterson carbon copy. Markaverich is inventive with a mind verdant with musical ideas and a puckish compulsion for humor. His sets contain songs garnished with more quotes than is usually found in a State of the Union speech.
Markaverich has a propensity for alternating straight-ahead playing with stretches of stride and occasional improvised choruses in which he uses either the left or right hand.
Contact Mike at: Mike Markaverich or visit his website.