"Gifted Child Music" Mark's musical life, was first conceived through the eyes of a child-- a six-year old with a dream of everybody sharing their talents with one another, collectively working together, with the good of the whole being the only goal.
As we grow in life, we see that giving is the source of great joy and fulfillment. We hope that we can serve you in some way along this ever-enchanting journey. Live music is somehow magic.
Mark Hazzard was born in Frankfurt Germany. His mother observed his musical talent at an early age and enrolled him at Sherwood Music School in Vallejo,California, at age 4. His uncle, musician Cal Tjader, encouraged him to have fun and enjoy show buisness.
At age 15, he had the opportunity to play with the legendary John Lee Hooker.
At age 17 he was playing professionally at the River Inn in Big Sur, California. As their house pianist, he accompanied many notable jazz greats such as Pete Fountain, Jackie Coon, Bill Watrous, and Jake Stock to name a few. At that time he was also employed by Al Jardine of the Beach Boys to teach his son Adam piano.
At age 25, romance took him to Seattle, where he attended South Seattle Community College for classes in recording and big band arrangements. Although rock and roll and country music are at the heart of his musical upbringing, his mother also encouraged him to appreciate and perform many classic jazz standards. This led to his current love for music of the roaring 20's. Mark was a part of Black Swan Classic Jazz Band when it formed. He currently plays with The Oregon Jazz Band, as well as the popular variety band Vanness Express. He has his own band "Class Act" which regularly features Oregon's premier reedman Paul J. Biondi.