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Mark Naftalin
Mark (* 1944) is a blues keyboardist, recording artist, composer, and record producer. He moved to Chicago in 1961, and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964. Mar first played there with blues harmonica player Paul Butterfield and guitarist Elvin Bishop, the nucleus of what was to become the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Mark then came to prominence as the keyboard player in the Butterfield Blues Band, from 1965-1968.
 
In the late 1960s, Mark went out on his own, settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. There he put together the Mark Naftalin "Rhythm & Blues Revue" and has been active in blues and rock recording sessions, solo gigs and revue shows, and as a producer of concerts, festivals and radio shows. He played as a duo with fellow Butterfield bandsman Mike Bloomfield. He also played in a band Mike Bloomfield & Friends from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s. He hosted Mark Naftalin's Blue Monday Party, a weekly blues show (1979-1983) that featured over 60 blues artists and groups and was the scene of 86 live radio broadcasts and three TV specials.
 
Naftalin has produced the Marin County Blues Festival (1981-2000), and has been the associate producer of the Monterey Jazz Festival's "Blues Afternoon" (1982-1991). His weekly radio show, Mark Naftalin's Blues Power Hour has been on the air almost continuously since 1979 on San Francisco's radio KALW-FM.
 
Naftalin co-founded the Blue Monday Foundation and, in 1988, started his own label, Winner Records, which has issued recordings by artists including Paul Butterfield and Percy Mayfield. He continued to perform, both solo and in an ensemble, in the Bay area and elsewhere, often with longtime associate slide guitarist, Ron Thompson. In the 1970s he appeared on two albums by Quicksilver Messenger Service.
 
Naftalin has also recorded with many blues players including John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulson, Big Joe Turner, James Cotton, Mike Bloomfield, Jake Walker and Van Morrison, and as a sideman on over 100 albums. He played keyboards on the first Mother Earth album, Living With the Animals (1968) and was credited as co-producer and arranger.
 
Naftalin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 as an early member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
 
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Discography
Saint Dominic's Preview
Warner Brothers WB46172
released 1972
recorded in Hollywood, CA and San Francisco, CA/USA
Van Morrison, guitar, keyboards, sax, vocals
Jules Broussard, sax
Rolf Houston, sax
Jack Schroer, sax, piano
Pat O'Hara, horn, trombone
Ron Elliott, guitar
John McFee, guitar
Doug Messenger, guitar
Ronnie Montrose, guitar, vocals
Mark Jordan, piano
Tom Salisbury, keyboards, organ, piano
Bernie Krause, synthesizer
Mark Naftalin, synthesizer, organ, piano
Gary Mallaber, vibes, drums, percussion
Bill Church, bass
Leroy Vinnegar, bass
Lee Charlton, drums
Connie Kay, drums
Rick Schlosser, drums
Janet Planet, vocals
Ellen Schroer, vocals
Mark Springer, vocals
Best Of The Verve Years
Verve Records 527 371-2
released 1995
Tracks 1-11:
recorded March 1967 in New York City/USA.
Tracks 12-18:
recorded February 1968 in New York City/USA
Tracks 19-20:
recorded December 1968 in New York City/USA
James Cotton, harmonica, vocals
Bill "Stomak" Nugent, alto sax
Gene Barge, tenor sax
David "Fathead" Newman, baritone sax
Delbert Hill, baritone sax
McKinley Easton, baritone sax
Louis Satterfield, trombone
John Watson, trombone
Paul Serrano, trumpet
Luther Tucker, guitar
Alberto Gianquinto, piano
Mark Naftalin, organ, piano
Robert Anderson, bass, vocals
Francis Clay, drums
Sam Lay, drums
The Best Of Tracy Nelson / Mother Earth
Reprise Records 9 46232-2
compilation
Tracy Nelson, vocals, piano
Link Davis jr., alto sax
Martin Fierro, alto sax, tenor sax
Joe Arnold, tenor sax
Frank Morin, tenor sax
Aaron Varnell, tenor sax
Ronnie Eades, baritone sax
Bob Salisbury, baritone sax
Ron Taormina, baritone sax
Gerald Richardson, trombone
Gene "Bowlegs" Miller, trumpet
John Andrews, guitar
Michael Bloomfield, guitar
Bob Cardwell, guitar
Jack Lee, guitar
Boz Scaggs, guitar
James Day, pedal steel
Ben Keith, dobro
Clay Cotton, organ, piano
Barry Goldberg, organ
Andy McMahon, organ, piano
Mark Naftalin, organ, piano
Hargus "Pig" Robbins, organ
Sammy Dodge, fiddle
Johnny Gimble, fiddle
Bob Arthur, bass
Tim Drummond, bass
Steve Mendel, bass
Dave Zettner, bass
Lonnie Castille, drums
Karl Himmel, drums
George Rains, drums
Farrell Morris, percussion
An Anthology: The Elektra Years
Elektra 62124-2
compilation
Paul Butterfield, flute, guitar, piano, harmonica, vocals
David Sanborn, soprano sax, alto sax, baritone sax
Brother Gene Dinwiddie, tenor sax, flute, vocals
Trevor Lawrence, baritone sax
Keith Johnson, trumpet
Steve Madaio, trumpet
Howard "Buzz" Feiten, French horn, guitar
Elvin Bishop, guitar
Ralph Wash, guitar
Michael Bloomfield, guitar, Hammond organ, piano
Ted Harris, piano
Al Kooper, organ
Mark Naftalin, organ, piano
Jerome Arnold, bass
Rod Hicks, bass
Bugsy Maugh, bass, vocals
Billy Davenport, drums, percussion
George Davidson, drums
Sam Lay, drums
Dennis Whitted, drums
Phillip Wilson, drums, percussion, vocals
Big Black, congas
Bobbye Hall, bongos, congas

 
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