Bio

Mark Kaufman

 

Mark Kaufman is our founder and leader.

Mark plays clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor and soprano saxophones in a variety of jazz, R&B and Jewish music contexts. Among others, he has played with Ellis Marsalis, Harvie S., Jay Azzolina, Mark Morganelli , Art Baron, Craig Taubman, and Sean Harkness. In addition to contributing compositions to Exit 12's repetoire, Mark arranges for and plays with A Joyful Noise! at Woodlands Community Temple. Mark studied with John Purcell, Joe Lovano, Rick Margitza, Ben Armato of the Metropolitan Opera’s pit orchestra, David Krackauer, and pianist Billy Lester.












Glenn Babakian

 

Glenn Babakian has performed on trombone in a variety of jazz and classical venues. He is currently a member of the Norm Hathaway Big Band, the Hot Lavender Swing Band, and the St. Thomas Orchestra. He is also a member of the Woodland Community Temple’s “A Joyful Noise!”.

Glenn grew up in Westchester and studied with local legend Fred “Moe” Snyder and later with Eric Goletz.








Yasu Okkotsu

 

 

Yasu Okkotsu has developed a deep love of Brazilian percussion and guitar. He performs annually with major Samba School in Rio de Janeiro. He plays with various Brazilian musicians as a guitar player and percussionist in and around New York, and around the River Towns with The Brazilian Project.

Yasu's compositions, playing, and (occasional) singing give Exit 12 a distinctive Brazilian flavor.









 

David Hamburger

 

David Hamburger has played bass with a number of New York City based rock bands throughout the 1980s and 90s including: The Grasshoppers, The Somethings, The Dreyer Brothers Band, Poppa Chubby and Sample This. David has had extensive touring experience in both the US and Europe, having had the opportunity to warm up for such bands as: Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors, Widespread Panic, Aquarium Rescue Unit and Steele Pulse.














 

Bill Reeve

Bill Reeve has performed with many of the great names in jazz including James Moody, Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Heath, Mike Metheny, Dick Johnson, Herb Pomeroy, Buddy DeFranco, Alan Dawson, Eddie Daniels, Lou Marini, Fred Haas and Barbara London. He was the Marching Band Director at the University of New Hampshire from 1983 to 1989 where he also taught Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Studies. He has studied with Peter Erskine, Phil Wilson, Daniel Bukvich, Gary Green and many other noted jazz and music educators in his 40 year career.