Mark Portugal has been studying percussion and drum set for 22 years and has benefited highly from the outstanding tutelage of NY drummers Michael Abbate, Chris Roselli, Matt Wilson, and Chris Howard. Mark's tasteful and artistic approach to the drums is unique while his ability to listen and communicate musically with his bandmates has propelled him to reach great musical heights.
Mark has performed with the likes of Jimmy Owens, Gil Goldstein, Bakithi Kumalo, Ray Anderson, Jim Commack, Bryan Carrott, John DiMartino, Lauren Kinhan, Mike Carubia and Morris Goldberg. During the recent summer of 2012, Mark performed with the Bakithi Kumalo Band at the 'Joy of Jazz' festival (Johannesburg, South Africa), opening for Monty Alexander and Kurt Elling.
Mark received a Masters Degree in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, NY and a Bachelors Degree in Music Theory and Performance from SUNY Stony Brook. Mark is a public school band director and conductor by day, teaching brass, woodwind, and percussion fundamentals. He directs a junior high school jazz ensemble as well where he teaches a more advanced student population about improvisation and ensemble playing.
Mark currently performs all over Long Island and NYC with his own quartet. He also plays regularly with the Bakithi Kumalo Band, Levi Barcourt, Interplay Jazz Orchestra, Al Quinn/Glenn Heckinger Quartet, Morris Goldberg's "OJOYO" Band, Frank Rizzo Big Band, The Jumpers Orchestra, Gail Storm, and Andrew Fortier.