Rochester native Gap Mangione and his New Big Band will mark their return to Keuka College Saturday, July 21, when they perform at Keuka College’s Concert in the Park for the second consecutive year.
He will be joined by Penn Yan native Cindy Miller, who is celebrating 26 years of singing with the Gap Mangione Big Band.
The band will play a selection of “Mostly Mangione Music,” spanning nearly 60 years of music composed, arranged, and recorded by Gap or his brother, Chuck.
Free and open to the public, the concert 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 to a close, music-loving family, where he and 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.
Two years later, he was writing and arranging for local big bands, as well as playing in semiprofessional 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, and accompanied, Dizzy Gillespie in concert—at Dizzy’s request.
Inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame in 2015, Gap continues to play regularly with both the New Big Band and his New Blues Band. He has toured nationally and internationally with these groups, and as a featured soloist in his brother’s orchestral performances and recordings.
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 New Big Band have played at both the Blue Note and Knickerbocker jazz clubs in New York City.