Rochester native Gap Mangione and his New Blues Band will perform at Keuka College’s Concert in the Park Saturday, July 22.
Free and open to the public, the Concert in the Park begins at 7 p.m. on Norton Chapel lawn. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be in the chapel. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets, and concessions will be available for purchase.
Gap was born in Rochester to a close, music-loving family, where he and his brother, Chuck, began performing together. By the time Gap was 13, he was playing the blues on the family piano, and encouraging Chuck to join him in improvisations. Two years later, he was writing and arranging for local big bands, as well as playing in semi-professional groups.
During his college days at Syracuse University, he was house pianist at the Three Rivers Inn Theater Restaurant, and played in big bands accompanying the likes of Sammy Davis Jr. and Nat King Cole.
Gap’s jazz quintet has opened for Dizzy Gillespie in concert—at Dizzy’s request.
Inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame in 2015, Gap continues to play regularly with his New Blues Band, as well as his New Big Band. He has toured nationally and internationally with his own groups, and as featured soloist in his brother’s orchestral performances.
Gap has recorded several of his own CDs, including Diana in the Autumn Wind, Family Holiday, Stolen Moments, Live In Toronto, Ardis, and Planet Gap. He also has five vinyl albums, including Sing Along Junk, She and I, Gap Mangione, Suite Lady, and Dancin’ is Making Love.
In addition, Gap’s composition, She and I, was included in the movie “The Ratings Game,” starring Danny DeVito. Gap has been guest soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and he and the Big Band have played at both the Blue Note and Knickerbocker jazz clubs in New York City.