Mark Mancini - Keyboards, Vocals
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 AM airwaves. Funk brought his musical awareness to another level as James Brown exploded on the scene with "Poppa's Got a Brand New Bag", an explosion that paved the way for his own brand of 'get you off your seat' dance music.
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. R'n'B groups such as The Shirelles, The Marvellettes, the Coasters, the Platters, the Drifters, and Ronnie Spector have relied on his blues feel for authenticity in the R&B shows.
Recently, he has recorded and toured with Kerry Kearney, Stevie Cochran, Bobby Nathan, Geo Blaze, Roxey Perry, Slam Allen, Karlus Trapp, Hooch and the Bluesicians, Pamela Betti, and Lucy Bonilla. He is a proud member of Soul be it.