About Jerry Mack Band
Jerry Mack is a BMI composer-producer piano-organ player. Born and raised in NYC, I studied piano with my father. At 16 years old I began to play piano and organ gigs in bars and small clubs all over the NYC tri-state area, and learned about the business of music and playing in different bands. Over the years I had about 4 different bands of my own. l played with all types of bands from Brazilian ... read more
About Jerry Mack Band
Jerry Mack is a BMI composer-producer piano-organ player. Born and raised in NYC, I studied piano with my father. At 16 years old I began to play piano and organ gigs in bars and small clubs all over the NYC tri-state area, and learned about the business of music and playing in different bands. Over the years I had about 4 different bands of my own. l played with all types of bands from Brazilian to Blues. I worked as a piano tuner in the city. The work was in such high demand I could never even keep up with it!
I worked for Steinway & Sons, NY. Under direction of S&S, I was I was assigned tuner for Frank Sinatra in his home, Suite 33A Waldorf Towers, on his magnificent Model B Steinway Grand.
By working with Steinway and Purchase College, I was exposed to countless great people of staggering artistry such as Bob Mintzer and Jerry Leiber and Iconic sidemen such as Charles Blenzig, Santi Debriano, Gary Smulyan and Marc Stewart.
Anyway back to music, I saved some compositions (that I liked anyway) and posted here. Some are board mixes of live performances. There are also full-blown studio recording sessions as well as computer/desktop-extrusions.
Thank you for listening. By listening you complete the cycle. It means everything to know some people actually enjoy this music.
Warning: This album has some cornball arrangements from the 1960's.
My primary influences include, not in any particular order: The genres of Funk and Latin music in 1950's, 60's and 70s in my home New York City. Jimmy McGriff; Kerry Minnear; Ray Shulman, Chucho Valdés; Anthonio Carlos Jobim; Don Van Vliet; James Brown, Frank Zappa; Joel Thome; Donald Fagen; Joe Zawinul; Carole King; The Association; Burt Bachrach; Thelonius Monk; Herbie Hancock; Henry Mancini; Leon Russell; Billy Preston; Nelson Riddle; and those of you into music during the years when all the above people were thriving on the scene!
His personnel are as follows, please note that the following musicians appear on some tunes and not others:
Tommy Marcinek: Guitars and Mixing
Charles Blenzig: Piano & Synthesizers
Clifford Carter: Piano
Karel Ruzicka: Saxes & Flutes
Bob Mintzer: Saxes & Reeds
Jim Pugh: Trombone
Gary Smulyan: Baritone Sax
Neal Spitzer: Baritone Sax
Bob Milliken: Trumpet
Mark Stewart: Daxophone and beyond!
Ralph Irizarry: Latin Percussion
Rosa Avila: Drums
Dave Lewitt: Drums
Gregory Jones: Bass
Santi Debriano: Upright Bass
Dana Scofidio: Guitar
Kat Raio: Vocals
Hal Winer: Recording and Production
Jerry Mack: With the exception of covers written by Frank Zappa and Lalo Shifrin, All compositions & arrangements; Piano, Electric Piano, Synths, Hammond Organ and Fender Electric Bass
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