A decent bop-oriented trumpet soloist, Marky Markowitz played with many top jazz musicians through the years even though he himself was simply considered a talented journeyman. Markowitz picked up early experience playing with the big bands of Charlie Spivak in 1941-42, Jimmy Dorsey, Boyd Raeburn and most notably Woody Herman's First Herd in 1946. After working with Buddy Rich's short-lived orchestra from 1946-47, he was part of Woody Herman's Second Herd from 1947-48, but Markowitz's connections with Herman are what he is best remembered for today. The trumpeter became a studio musician in the 1950s, although he occasionally played and recorded in jazz settings. Among his more notable later appearances were records with Gene Krupa (1958), Woody Herman and Lee Konitz (1959), Ralph Burns, George Russell, and Al Cohn (1962), Paul Desmond (1969) and Bill Evans (1974). Markowitz led one recording session in his career, for Famous Door, in 1976.
- by Scott Yanow
All Music Group