Keyboardist Mark Mancini is a natural, having been a part of the Tri-State Blues scene since the early 70's. He has brought his own style of blues to such luminaries as Chuck Berry, Little Buster, Todd Wolfe, Johnnie Allen, Peter Conway, Bill Sims, Dianne Lotny, and a variety of original projects.
He has been writing and playing the blues since he could barely sit at the piano, playing along to records with Otis Spann, Roosevelt Sykes, Pinetop Perkins, Detroit Junior, Johnnie Johnson, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Big Bill Broonzy, and many others. Soul and R&B captured his imagination as Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, and Stevie Wonder broke onto the airwaves. Funk brought his musical awareness to another level as James Brown turned the scene on its ear.
Eventually, New Orleans Funk and R&B played a major influence and helped to flavor his style with the likes of Professor Longhair, James Booker, Allen Toussaint, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Jon Cleary, and the ever-popular brass bands.
Recently, he has recorded and toured with Kerry Kearney, Stevie Cochran, Bobby Nathan, Geo Blaze, Roxy Perry, Slam Allen, Karlus Trapp, Hooch and the Bluesicians, Pamela Betti, and Lucy Bonilla.
Marks new project is "Nola and the Sharpened Spurs" featuring...Arthur Neilson, Mike Nugent, Felix Cabrera and Ian Petillo. This project puts 5 great singer-songwriters together in one situation and has been a great creative force. They are currently playing around the tri-state area and feature a Blues and Soul Jam every Tuesday at Green's Irish Pub in Manhasset, NY.
For more information available to all, check out Mark's "Services" and "Video" pages.