Richie Cole

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Richie Cole plays the music of Cannonball Adderley featuring Reggie Watkins on trombone.

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Meet our newest friend and artist: Nancy Kepner!

Nancy is a singer-songwriter based in Pittsburgh, PA who has found a voice by writing "Comedic Geek Culture Songs, thought provoking songs, and songs based off of Random suggestions" across many platforms. Now, we're bringing a full band sound to her original, quirky writing and are having a blast! You'll be able to find her newest full band releases here and her bi-weekly new songs on her YouTube channel:

Proud - of Who I Am
All proceeds of the sale of this track will go to the Trevor Project-a LGBTQ youth suicide prevention organization.

Welcome to the website of Mark Perna, bassist, trombonist and producer of Richie Cole, Don Aliquo, Nancy Kepner, Peter King, Jazz Trip, Jack Erdie and groups under his own name among others.  You can listen to or purchase a wide variety of music including the critically acclaimed Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs.   You can also view thousands of pictures and videos.  

Click on the images below to see the Richie Cole, Don Aliquo or Perna, Sakash, Susoeff, Wendt and Watkins photo sets.

Click on the album cover to enter the Mark Perna Music Store where you can buy the critically acclaimed Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs album in CD or download among many other albums
Mark Perna Music Store
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Richie Cole Latin Lover release date 10/20/17 

Richie Cole's latest CD, Latin Lover, drops on October 20, 2017.  It's is available for preview and pre-order on the website ( now.  It'll be available through CDBaby on October 20, 2017 and shortly thereafter through Amazon and iTunes.

New Recordings From Mark Perna Music and Richie Cole Presents 

It's been a while since I updated the blog.  We have two new albums in the process of completion.  The first is the next Richie Cole album entitled Richie Cole-Latin Lover and features Eric Susoeff on electric and acoustic guitars, Vince Taglieri on drums, Mark Perna on double bass and Kevin Moore on piano and Rhodes.  The album has been recorded, mixed and mastered and is in the process of being released.  We expect it be released in the Fall of 2017 and we'll update the blog when we have an official release date.

Also coming is a group effort led by Mark Perna and featuring alto saxophonist Mike Sakash, Eric Susoeff, trombonist Reggie Watkins and drummer Tom Wendt entitled Deep Field.  It'll be released on the Richie Cole Presents label also, most likely, in the Fall.  

New to the MPM website is Christopher Mark Jones' Incantation album (you can find it in the MPM Store).  Christopher is a veteran singer-songwriter with a whole bunch of albums in his credits.  Incantations features 13 of Christopher's songs and Mark Perna plays double or electric bass on all of them.  The album was recorded between October 2015 and December 2016 and features Vince Camut on pedal steel and electric and acoustic guitar, Mark Weakland on drums and percussion as well as a bunch of guest musicians

38th Annual Jazz Station Awards/The Best Jazz of 2016

It's award season and Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs won big in the 38th Annual Jazz Station Awards.

Richie Cole came in 2nd for best alto saxophonist
Eric Susoeff came in 10th for the best electric guitarist behind Barry Finnerty, Vic Juris and Pat Metheny
Mark Perna came in 9th for the best acoustic bassist behind Ron Carter, Miroslav Vitous and Buster Williams.
George Heid/Jim Barr came in 10th for best engineer
The album itself is in the top 25 albums of the year.

Richie Cole Radio Update 12/19/16 

Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs is #20 in the nation for radio airplay!   This is the last report for the year so we end the year with the number 20 record in the nation!.

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