Mark was getting a Santo reproduction made by Mike and was making trips from Boston to keep up on the progress and to pick up the completed Santo. I was keeping in touch because Mark had sent me private YouTube ukulele lessons. He said he’d be coming out to pick up his uke and if I came by he would give me a lesson. Mark is another man that likes to video document his work, music and travels. Here’s that video taken Feb. 10, 2007 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=AdaHsQrrbBQ
Mark has generously composed several YouTube videos that are designed to teach others how to play jazz ukulele. You can see these in the Jazz Ukes demonstrated section of http://uk.youtube.com/user/markocchionero He’s got 15 videos there. He also has some of the best arrangements on the internet at http://www.jazzukes.com/index.html under the heading
One of Mark’s favorite chords appears to be the pretzelly enigmatic: Fmaj7 = 2413 which I am still working on. (Go ahead get your uke and try it. Start by holding an F chord, then put your ring finger on the A string 3rd fret, and now set your pinky on the C string 4th fret.)
He's also is a part of Ukulele Noir in Boston. I am hoping that we can encourage the Noir’s to come West.