Close Up/ Up Close
Mark Decozio was born into a musical family in Hartford, Connecticut. His mother Mary was a classically trained pianist and his father Mike an operatic tenor. His first instrument was drums, which he started playing at age 8. After moving to Pennsylvania at 12, the guitar caught his attention, to which he later added piano. After high school he was introduced to the Dennis Sandole school of jazz, and studied with guitarist Joe Federico and saxophonist Larry McKenna. He studied formally at the prestigious Hartt School of Music, under the tutelage of Jackie Byard and Jackie McLean. Mark has performed extensively on the East Coast, from the Americana Hotel in Miami Beach to the Copa Cabana in New York City. He played in legendary guitarist Pat Martino's band from '84-'85. He has composed music for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival as well as numerous commercials. After moving to the Phoenix area in 2000, Mark has performed regularly at the Phoenician Resort. A single dad, he lives in Mesa, AZ with his 7 year old son Tony and Weimaraner Miles.