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Peter Mack’s Jazz Legends

May 18, 2012




Peter Mack! Gary Smulyan! Dino Losito! Joe Magnarelli! Harvey Sorgen! David CasTiglione!


Peter Mack has been a mainstay in the CNY jazz music for many years.  In the 70s, Peter was the house bassist at the famed Syracuse jazz club Casa Di Lisa, where he had the opportunity to play with a host of great jazz artists from all over the world.  He was a founding member of Nancy Kelly's Little Big Band and as one of the first call acoustic bassists in New York travelled extensively playing music during that time. Peter is still very active in the jazz of today. In the past few years, he has produced and performed on two of his own big band recordings that have a roster that reads like a "who's who" of jazz, including Lew Tabakin, Barry Harris, John Mosca, Greg Gisbert, Eric Alexander, Danny D'imperio, Ralph Lalama and many others.  His concerts at the Auburn Public Theater have become legendary for the great jazz he brings to town and this one is no exception.



Gary Smulyan is a critically acclaimed across-the-board and recognized as a major voice on the baritone saxophone. He is the winner of the 2009 and 2011 Downbeat Critics Poll and the winner of the 2011 Jazz Times Readers and Critics Polls for Saxophonist of the year! He is a five-time GRAMMY® award winner for his work with B.B. King, Lovano, Holland and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.  At press time the group was up for a third GRAMMY® for its Monday Night at the Village Vanguard release. No matter who he is performing with - or whether he is leading his own band at the  time Smulyan brings to the stage the spirit, style and savvy of a deeptoned master of bebop.


Dino Losito has been hailed as an "inspired bopster who coaxes every bit of soul out of the piano... [he] is an exciting young pianist who's solos are inventive..." Dino has performed throughout the country and abroad including Blue Note, Birdland, NBC Rainbow Room, and Dizzy's at Linoln center. He has performed and/or recorded with Eric Alexander, Dave Liebman, Houston Person, Joe Romano, Wallace Roney, Joe Magnarelli and many others. As a composer and confident performer, Dino has been playing professionally since he was eighteen years old and is featured in numerous recordings as a sideman. Along with performing, he keeps an active teaching schedule at the 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning NY. 


Joe Magnarelli is a Syracuse native who has performed, toured and recorded with an impressive list of jazz heavyweights. In 1990, Joe was a semifinalist at the Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C. That decade also found him performing and recording with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Harry Connick, Jr., the Hard Bop Quintet, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Grant Stewart. He also performed with Jon Hendricks, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, Ben Wolfe, and is a frequent substitute member of the Vanguard Orchestra. Joe is the leader in several of his own albums including "Why Not" (1994), "Mr. Mags" (2000) and co-leads with John Swana in "New York-Philly Junction" (2003). Mr. Magnarelli is a regular participant on the Manhattan-and-beyond jazz scene and currently acts as adjucnt professor of music at the New School for Social Research in New York, and New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey.


Harvey Sorgen occupies a major space on the shelf of excellent drummers. Mr. Sorgen has performed and/or recorded with Hot Tuna, Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby, Ahmad Jamal, Mark Feldman, Pete Levin, Bill Frisell and the list goes on! He has lead workshops at universities across the country and throughout the world. has had interviews in Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Down Beat, All About Jazz, Jazz Podium (Germany), and Jazz Halo (Belgium). Mr. Sorgen is currently endorsed by PAISTE CYMBALS, FIDOCK HANDCRAFTED DRUMS, VIC FIRTH STICKS, REMO DRUMHEADS, and EVERYONE'S DRUMMING PERCUSSION.  


David "CasT" CasTiglione is very happy to be returning to Auburn Public Theater! These days everyone knows him as "CasT". David has been heard- live in concert, and on recordings – with a very diverse selection of artists; from The Dave Matthews Band to John Zorn's Cobra. In the jazz and modern improv world he has performed, collaborated and recorded with: Danillo Perez, Steven Bernstein, David Torn, John Medeski, Mike Clark & The Headhunters, Steve Swallow, the late Don Cherry, NaNa Vasconcelos and many others. You may have seen him on PBS, or in the horn section with The Dave Matthews Band "Live on The Rocks" DVD or heard him on those CDs, or on tour with Levon Helm, George Clinton, Terrence Simien or a host of others.