On Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:30pm, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Mark Naftalin will give a stirring blues piano concert.
Join us for a special solo performance when Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Mark Naftalin, pianist and keyboardist of the legendary Paul Butterfield Blues Band, plays a mixed program of improvisations, standards, and his own original compositions. Mark is known for his fusion of the best of blues from every era and his vibrant harmonic imagination; he draws upon a rich lifetime of experience as a blues musician and producer, and reflects vividly in his dynamic playing. When speaking about one of Mark’s library concerts, Peter Cahill of the New England Blue Spectrum said "The emotion in his solo material was beautiful. He ran through an hour of music that really took you on a journey...All I can say is it was beautiful. He was all over the piano."
Mark Naftalin rose to fame with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 1963. In the years since, he has played keyboard and piano on more than 100 legendary artists’ albums and founded his own band, The Rhythm and Blues Revue. In 1979, he began a radio show called the Blue Monday Party and produced the Marin County Blues Festival in 1981. He has received many awards such as the Bay Area Music Award for Mark Naftalin Rhythm & Blues Revue (1980), the Billboard Radio Award for the “Blue Monday Party” (1982), and the Classics of Blues Recording Award for organ playing on the Paul Butterfield Blues Band album. In 1997, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and in 2015, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. In 2002, Mark moved to Connecticut. Every second Wednesday of the month he can be heard on 89.5 FM WPLN-FM Bridgeport on the Mark Naftalin Show.
Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this presentation is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.