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Mark Sloniker with son, Myles Sloniker

This is a very special podcast featuring Mark Sloniker on piano with his son, Myles Sloniker, on upright bass and drummer,  John Olson, performing/interviewing on KRFC 88.9FM [email protected] in support of Fort Collins Downtown Business Association’s, A Fort Collins Jazz Experience.   This annual week long set of jazz related events and concerts each summer in Fort Collins, CO is committed to bringing the highest quality jazz music and its history to Fort Collins and builds up to the weekend when Saturday’s Downtown Sessions brings jazz to the forefront.  Two stages of free continuous jazz jams from local and regional groups showcase Colorado’s rich jazz talents, Friday hosts a special jazz art walk, and late night jams sessions.

Mark has made music in many diverse settings over the course of his life. From solo piano performances to jazz trios/quartets, to symphony orchestra concerts, Mark has played and recorded in the U.S. and abroad.

As a producer/composer/recording artist, Mark has made five recordings (CDs) of his own and contributed to many recordings as a “side man” or composer. He has just completed a 6th recording with his wife and fellow musician, Colleen Crosson, entitled “Miracles and other works of heart”, a soulful album crossing many musical genres. His own recordings have reached the “top six” of three national radio airplay charts (R&R, Gavin, and the MAC Report) as well as spending time on Billboard Magazine’s national sales charts. His music has received extensive air play outside of the U.S. as well (Spain, Germany, Japan, Canada, the Philippines). Music from Mark’s CD “Perfectly Human” was featured on ESPN’s “Make a Wish” program and on ABC Sports. “Paths of Heart” and “True Nature” were featured on the nationally syndicated radio show “Music from the Hearts of Space”. His CD “Do Whatcha Love” was voted best jazz recording of the year (1995) in KUNC’s “Classics of 95″. His music has also been featured on such nationally aired radio shows as Jazz Tracks, Musical Starstreams, and has appeared in Jazziz Magazine’s top national radio air play charts.

Mark has a degree in Music Therapy from Colorado State University and has worked extensively using music as a therapeutic tool in achieving/maintaining wellness. He has worked with Doctors (MDs), Psychologists, and many practitioners in the healing fields bringing music to many who wish to do healing work in this way. He has recorded music for this purpose as well as presented and taught in workshops and seminars.

Mark’s (self described) biggest/best co-production is that of his two children, Myles and Emma. With co producer/wife Colleen, he has the honor and privilege of co-creating a wonderful symphony of harmonies and at times dissonances (a work in progress) in the most beautiful of all unfolding works of art.

Myles Sloniker is most often seen playing alongside his father, Mark Slonker, at Jay’s Bistro in Fort Collins, CO, but plays often all around the state of Colorado. Myles has, in his short playing career, played on two studio albums, toured the Western United States, and played with the University of Northern Colorado’s Downbeat Award-winning Lab 1 Jazz Ensemble as well as the Vanguard Combo.”

John Olson at Ace Gillette's photo courtesy of John Olson
John Olson at Ace Gillette's photo courtesy of John Olson

“John Olson started playing drums professionally at the age of 16, performing with the group Rare Moment at the old Elitch Gardens in Denver, CO. After 4 years with the #1 CSU jazz band, a summer playing with Disney’s All-American College Band and local success as the leader of alternative-rock bands Kaustic Kids and Joe Sockit and the Wrenches, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career behind the drums. After a brief stint with the Spencer Davis Group, John played with Wrecking Ball Record’s recording artists the Visionaries for the next 4 years. Their critically acclaimed release “Every Other Saturday” made them staples on the alternative-rock L. A. music and college radio scene. While living in L.A., John was a freelance writer for Drums & Drumming Magazine and worked as a Guest Talent Stage Manager and Talent Booking Agent for Disneyland, the Disneyland Hotel and the Spruce Goose and Queen Mary Entertainment Center.

After returning to Colorado in 1992, John played with an incredibly diverse group of bands and solo artists including the Atoll, Mark Sloniker, Hugh Ragin, Bard Hoff Trio, Wind Machine, Jakarta, JD and the Love Bandits, Creighton Holly, Mark Van Ark, Lazy Bones, Liz Barnez, Hazel Miller, Swing Essence, Fourth Estate, Jurassicasters, Hot Soup, After The Fire, Carol Frazier, Linda Theus Lee and many others. From 1995 to 2000, John was a full-time member of the legendary Freddi-Henchi Band.

John created Subterranean Jazz Concepts in 2010 to provide music and entertainment direction for Ace Gillett’s Lounge. He works as a Sales Manager for New Belgium Brewing Co. and thoroughly enjoys playing and listening to music, mid-century modern design and collecting vintage ties.”