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Flugge Mark Flugge. Renowned jazz piano virtuoso, teacher, and composer Mark Flugge, died unexpectedly on Sunday the 11th of May 2014 in Columbus, after battling a debilitating hearing affliction for two years. A beloved husband, father, son, brother, and uncle, he was also a cherished friend and mentor to countless musicians in central Ohio and around the world. A private memorial service will be held Friday, May 16 at EVANS FUNERAL HOME; a public memorial concert in celebration of his life and music will be held at Capital University at a later date. Born January 27, 1962 in Columbus to Tadd Flugge and Nadine (Eley) Flugge, Mark graduated from Walnut Ridge High School, Ohio State University (Bachelor's in Jazz Composition), and the Eastman School of Music (Masters in Jazz Performance). He currently taught at Capital University and OSU, and formerly served on the faculty at Eastman. Mark was devoted to his students, and inspired them to be the very best that they could be, both as musicians and as good citizens. He specialized in the music of Ellington, Bill Evans, and Dave Frischberg, among many others. As a soloist, Mark performed Rhapsody in Blue with the Columbus, Westerville, Newark/Granville, and Capital/Bexley Orchestras; he also appeared with Vaughn Wiester's Famous Jazz Orchestra, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and Breckenridge Music Festival Chamber Orchestra in Colorado. He produced and directed the Chamber Jazz at the Art Museum series (formerly Firehouse Jazz). For over a decade, the Mark Flugge Trio has been a fixture at Hyde Park Restaurant in Upper Arlington, as well as multiple venues around town. Mark was admired and beloved by his many devoted fans, many of whom became like family to him. Mark's CDs are "In Love, In Blue", "February's Promise", and "Familiarity"; his compositions and performance are also featured prominently on "Waltz Into Madness", with wife and flutist Lisa Jelle. In addition to his all-consuming love for music, Mark was a master Scrabble player, avid Reds fan, and baseball card collector; sharing these hobbies with many dear friends was a true solace to him recently. He is survived by his beloved wife, Lisa; adored daughter, Erika; beloved parents, Nadine and Tadd; brother, Michael (Beverly); niece, Erin Barker (Dustin, Kayla, Jacob); nephew, Adam; and brother-in-law, Eric (Lori). In addition, many special aunts and uncles survive, and countless friends and colleagues in the music profession are left to cherish his memory. Mark will be deeply missed by all who knew him; his fondest wish was that his music would live on. Contributions to the Mark Flugge Memorial Fund can be sent to the Evans Funeral Home, 4171 E. Livingston Avenue. www.evansfuneralhome.net


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 14, 2014
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