The Northcoast Jazz Collective is one of the premier jazz bands in the
Cleveland area. Voted "Best Jazz Group" by readers of The Free Times in 2008
and readers of Scene Magazine in 2009, the NJC has performed at nearly
every jazz club and festival in Northeast Ohio.

Together as a unit since 2003, featured members are Dan Maier, piano, Tim
Lekan, acoustic/electric bass, Dave Frank, reeds, and leader Mark Grey on
drums. Collectively, these members bring a great wealth of musical
experience and knowledge to the group. Maier has performed with Clark
Terry, Gary Burton, Junior Cook, Urbie Green, Howard Roberts, Dakota Staton,
and Harold Danko -- to name a few. Each member has also worked with
numerous local jazz groups on the Cleveland scene.

The band plays straight up modern jazz that is creative, emotional, and
accessible. Most of the music in their repertoire consists of original
compositions and members’ arrangements of jazz classic. Their approach and
style of writing and performing consists of the collective influences and history
of not only the member’s experiences on the 1960s and 1980s New York Jazz
scenes, but also the modern feel of their present jazz experiences in Cleveland.
The band now has two CDs of original tunes to its credit and another original
CD on the way.

As Peter Chakerian, Managing Editor of Cool Cleveland, wrote: “The NJC
radiates charm, warmth, and the sort of instrumental intuition that only comes
from regular gigging….They're one of the gems of the Northeast Ohio jazz

NJC is available for club dates, private parties and other events. For booking
contact Mark Grey at (216) 870-9117 or
Dan Maier (Piano)

Dan attended Berklee School of Music and the New England Conservatory
studying with Lennie Tristano, Madame Chaloff and Ran Blake. Over the
years he has worked with Gary Burton, Clark Terry, Junior Cook, Melvyn
Sparks, Urbie Green, Howard Roberts, Dakotta Staton and Harold Danko, to
name a few. He has also been a member of Philip Glass and Blood, Sweat
and Tears with David Clayton-Thomas. Today Dan, along with his wife and
daughter, lives in Cleveland Heights.  Around town he leads trios, plays
solo and works with some of the best musicians in Northeast Ohio. Along
with being a member of The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and The Cleveland
Pops Orchestra, Dan also plays with saxophonist Dave Sterner, vocalists
Helen Welch and Nan O’Malley and drummer Ray Porrello, among many
Dave Frank (Tenor/Soprano Sax, Flute)

Dave is a native of Northeast Ohio and an alumnus of Ohio University
where he specialized in music performance, composition and recording.
He was prominent in the jazz scene around the university being featured
most often with T
he Ben Arnold Sextet and the Ohio University Jazz
. In addition to the Northcoast Jazz Collective, Dave also records
and performs with two other bands in the Northeast Ohio area: The
Pony Band
(Bruce Springsteen/South Side Johnny Tribute Band)  and Harrison Fjord (rock/fusion/jazz)
www. . He also is a studio musician for hire and
a composer with written pieces being featured not only with the NJC but
on the television shows 'Akron After Hours' and previously on 'Northeast
Ohio Weddings' and 'Arts Talk.' Dave  uses   Yanagisawa and Winston
saxophones, Dukoff and Selmer mouthpieces, Vandoren reeds (Java and
ZZ) and Yamaha flutes.
Mark Grey (Drums)

Born to a family of drummers, Mark learned to play drums on his
father’s Gene Krupa model Slingerland Drums from the 1950’s. He
began at age ten and played from elementary school through college,
including with the John Carroll Jazz Band. In addition to playing with
jazz trios while in graduate school at the University of Hawaii, Mark has
played in Smart Set (big band) and the Equinox Jazz Quartet (be-bop).
Mark founded the Northcoast Jazz Collective (Formerly Northcoast Jazz
Quartet/Trio) five years ago. His other jazz groups include the Andy
Michalec Trio & the Nan O’Malley Quartet. Mark has also performed
with jazz jocalist Chris Williams of Los Angeles and jazz violinist Reed
Simon. Mark has been featured in an interview on two Cleveland Jazz
Shows: Dan Polletta’s, Jazz from the Northcoast on WCPN 90.3 FM and
John Simna’s Jazz Up All Night on WRMR 1420am representing the NJC.
Tim Lekan (Upright and Electric Bass)

Bassist, composer and educator Tim Lekan began his musical journey
touring the United States playing electric bass in R&B bands. His love of
jazz, and the bass playing of masters such as Paul Chambers, Ron Carter,
Red Mitchell, Charlie Haden, Sam Jones and Dave Holland, eventually led
him to the acoustic bass.Tim has had many influential teachers, including Al
Stauffer, Scott Lee, Craig Thomas, Michael Moore, Andy McKee, Dennis
Irwin and Martin Wind.In addition, he has studied composition with
pianist/composer Ron Thomas.A native of Cleveland, Tim lived and
worked in New Jersey from June, 1986 through April, 2016. As a free-
lance bassist he had the opportunity to work with and accompany many
artists including Joe Barrett, Oscar Brown Jr., Tony Do Rosario, Paula Johns,
Paul Jost, Barry Miles, Rebecca Paris, Michael Pedicin Jr., Jon Pruitt, Melanie
Rice, Jim Ridl, Gina Roche, Natasha Roth, and Ron Thomas. During this time
he was also a member of The George Mesterhazy Trio, The Antfarm
Quartet and Trio Music (with drummer Bob Shomo and pianist Jim Ridl).
Many of Tim’s original compositions can be heard on 2 self-produced CDs
-'P.M. - The Tim Lekan Trio with special guest Gina Roche' on Encounter
Records (1997), and The Tim Lekan Quintet - 'Short Stories' (2014).As an
organizer and supporter of the local music scene in South Jersey, Tim
created and organized many musical events over the last several years.
With the support of Dan and Sandi Anderson, Tim presented a weekly jazz
jam session each summer, Young Musicians Night, and The Tuesday Night
Jazz Series. Several grants from SJJS, contributions from friends and
listeners, and a house rhythm section of Bob Shomo on drums and Tim on
bass, led to a highly successful seven year run for The Tuesday Night Jazz
Series.Tim currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio, where he maintains a
busy schedule working both as a substitute teacher and a freelance bassist.
He is also studying guitar and composing music for a new recording.