Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Mangione, Gap (Gaspare Charles)
Mangione, Gap (Gaspare Charles), piano; b. 31 July 1938, Rochester, NY. He studied piano with George Pappastavrou and composition with Dr. Earl George at Syracuse University (class of 1965). His parents were Frank (1910-2001) and Nancy (1914) Mangione. His brother is Chuck Mangione and his sister is Josephine Mangione Shank. He's married to Janet and has a daughter, Ardis (a teacher) and a son, Jason (a banker).
Mangione was raised in a closely-knit, Italian family where music poured from the radio and phonograph. Papa Mangione would regularly invite visiting musicians home to pasta dinners -- gatherings which were often followed by impromptu jazz sessions. By the time Gap was 13, he was playing the blues on the family piano and encouraging his brother, Chuck, to join him in improvisations; at 15, he was writing and arranging for local big bands. Eventually the brothers Mangione decided it was time to form their own band. They called themselves The Jazz Brothers. Through the efforts of an admiring Cannonball Adderley, they began recording for Riverside Records. Gap earned his degrees from Syracuse University in 1965. In all, Gap has recorded seven solo albums and is heard on ten recordings with Chuck Mangione. From 1972 through 1982, Gap toured the United States with his group, performing in Mexico, Canada and Europe as well. He regularly appeared as featured guest artist on Chuck Mangione's orchestra tours and recordings. Gap then returned to Rochester to begin a long-term engagement at The Daisy Flour Mill. A six-part television series, "Gap's Generation," hosted by Gap Mangione was released and syndicated on PBS. Gap and Chuck came together again for the 25th Anniversary Reunion Tour of The Jazz Brothers which traveled coast to coast. Videotaped highlights of the tour were featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kurault. Danny DeVito's movie, "The Ratings Game," included Gap's playing of his composition "She & I" and other recorded performances with his trio. The Lodge at Woodcliff in Rochester has become the new home base for Gap's solo piano and group performances. Since then, " Gap formed his Big Band. At Dizzy's request, Gap's jazz quintet opened for, and accompanied Dizzy Gillespie in concert. There were tours with Chuck Mangione: the small jazz group "Little Giants Reunion Tour" and "The Hat's Back" tour with a 100-member symphony orchestra. Recently, Gap has been guest soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, he and the Big Band played at the famed Blue Note jazz club in New York City with Chuck Mangione as special guest and he appeared at New York City's Knickerbocker jazz club with his own trio. He and Chuck often join musical forces on Chuck's tours or with Gap's Big Band.
Gap continues to play solo piano and with his New Blues Band at the Lodge at Woodcliff and his Big Band has had great success in concerts and in social settings.
The Jazz Brothers: The Jazz Brothers (1960), Hey Baby! (1961), Spring Fever (1961); Diana In The Autumn Wind (1968); Sing Along Junk (1972); And The Kids Call It Boogie (1974); She and I (1974); Gap Mangione! (1976); Suite Lady (1978); Dancin' Is Makin' Love (1979); The Boys From Rochester: Feels So Good (with Chuck Mangione and Steve Gadd) (1989); Planet Gap (1998); Ardis (2002); Stolen Moments (2003); Family Holidays (2004)
Salt City Six: Dixieland At The Roundtable (1958); Chuck Mangione and the Rochester Philharmonic: Friends and Love (1970), Together (1971); Chuck Mangione and the Hamilton Symphony: Land Of Make Believe (1973); Chuck Mangione: Chase The Clouds Away (1975), Bellavia (1976); Esther Satterfield: Once I Loved (1976); Tarantella (with Dizzy Gillespie and Steve Gadd) (1981)