The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents

Musician's Corner: Mark Winkler

Air Date: 2/18/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET


On the next edition of the Sunday Jazz Brunch, my musical guest is vocalist and lyricist Mark Winkler. Born and raised in the L.A. area,  he is known on the west coast for his work as a live performer. In this interview, of course, we'll be talking about Mark's recorded work, specifically his new CD The Rules Don't Apply.

Mark Winkler
While we know him as a vocalist, he is also an accomplished lyricist. He has written lyrics for tunes by such composers as Wayne Shorter, Dexter Gordon, Joshua Redman and David Benoit. 

For the new project, Mark wrote lyrics for eight of the original songs on the album. He also included five of his favorite tunes written by Paul Simon, Lennon and McCartney, Eddie Arkin and Lorraine Feather, Donald Fagen, and Randy Newman.

It is said that Mark comes from the tradition of Bobby Troup, but he has been compared also to Mark Murphy, Kurt Elling, Dave Frishberg, and Michael Franks.

Mr. Winkler will discuss two songs from the new CD, the title track The Rules Don't Apply, and Jazz Swings.

The title track was not originally conceived as the New-Orleans-style tune that you'll hear. As Mr. Winkler explains, the creative process between composer and lyricist can be surprising in so many ways, as is true for this song. You'll hear all the details.

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The second track, Jazz Swings, had an interesting inception, during a lull in Mr. Winkler's schedule. He describes how a certain groove came to him, referring to Count Basie's great rhythm guitarist, Freddie Green. You'll also hear how the switch from saxophone to clarinet during rehearsals resulted in a change in the lyrics. So interesting!

Don't miss this rare look into the work of a vocalist/lyricist. And don't forget, you can always listen to the show from our archives for two weeks after it airs.

Yours in jazz,


HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Arve Henriksen\Touch of Time 2024\Winter Haze
Kenny Burrell-Lotus Blossom 1995-07 I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance
Art Hirahara\Echo Canyon 2024\Echo Canyon
Randy Napoleon\Rust Belt Roots 2021\The Tender Gender

Barney Kessel & Friends-Barney Plays Kessel 1990-08 Goin' Through Some Changes
Michael Dease\Swing Low 2024- Don't Look Back
Stacey Kent\Summer Me Winter Me 2024\If You Go Away
Jim Hall & Pat Metheny-Jim Hall & Pat Metheny 1999-16 Improvisation No. 5

Tony Williams-Wilderness-04 Harlem Mist '55 2000
Craig Davis\Tone Paintings  2022\Dodo's Lament
David Finck\Future Day\For All We Know

HOUR TWO: New For You

Art Hirahara\Echo Canyon 2024\Spider's Dance
Stacey Kent\Summer Me Winter Me 2024\Thinkin about the Rain
The Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra-Flying Colors 2024-04 Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Dan Dean\Vocalise 2024\Knopfler Local Hero

Jun Iida t\Evergreen 2024\Gooey Butter Cake
Michael Dease (bs)\Swing Low 2024\Dancing in the Dark
Julie Kelly\Freedom Jazz Dance 2024\Sunday in New York
Geoffrey Dean (p) Quartet\Foundations 2024\Low Tide

Musician's Corner: Mark Winkler\The Rules Don't Apply 2024\The Rules Don't Apply
Musician's Corner: Mark Winkler\The Rules Don't Apply 2024\Jazz Swings

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Grover Washington, Jr.-All My Tomorrows-01 E Preciso Perdoar (One Must Forgive) 1994
Diego Rivera\With Just a Word 2024\Tinte Latino
Stacey Kent\Summer Me Winter Me 2024\02 La Valse Des Lilas

Mozayik-Haitian Creole Jazz-12 Moving On 2005
Lori Bell-Lori Bell-07 Cartagena
Vanderlei Pereira\Vision for Rhythm\Ponto De Partida
Veronneau\Jazz Samba Project\-06 One Note Samba (2012)

Ed Johnson\For Every Living Thing 2024\Balancing
Stella Bass\Look for the Silver Lining 2024\All the Colors of my Love
Diego Figueiredo\My World 2023\Por Las Calles De New York
Mark Winkler-Late Bloomin' Jazzman 2022-06 Bossa Nova Days

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Brian Simpson\Soul Connection 2023\Midnight Mood
Chick Corea & Gary Burton-Hot House-05 Hot House 2012
Buzz Amato\Muse Cafe 2023\The Dream
Al Jarreau-Tenderness-07 We Got By 1994

Andrew Neu\Try Something Neu 2009\Next Time I Fall In Love feat Bobby Caldwell
Andrew Neu\Try Something Neu 2009\Try Something Neu
Anita Baker-Rhythm of Love-07 It's Been You 1994
Steve Million\JazzWords 2021\Nika's Changes

Jon Lucien-Endless Is Love-06 Sailing 1997
John Legend-Once Again-01 Save Room 2006
Gregory Porter-Liquid Spirit-11 The ''In'' Crowd
Herb Alpert-Second Wind-10 Rendezvous 1996


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