Mark Nanni has been playing music for a living based out of Central New York for over 25 years as a professional keyboardist for many bands on piano, organ and accordion; live and in the studio. He is a multi-SAMMY’s, (Syracuse Area Music Awards) winner, including a handful with the band Los Blancos, of which he was a member for 20 years and which was inducted into the SAMMY's Hall of Fame in 2022. Mark continues to play over 225 shows per year as a solo multi-instrumentalist, accompanying his vocal with piano, accordion, guitar, whistles and snaps.
Other honors include:
~ 2021 Became an Official Brand Ambassador for Goorin Bros. Hat Co., Three Chord Bourbon, and 42 North Brewing Co. (see links below)
~ August, 2021 Music for the Mission Artist of the Month
~ 2020 SAMMY nomination for his solo CD, Towns & Spaces In Between, in the “Best Other Style” category
~ Studio Jams 2019 International Inspiration Awards nominee
~ Winner of Los Angeles’ 5th Annual South Bay Music Award for Keyboardist of the Year
~ Winner of the Studio Jams 2015 International Inspiration Awards for Most Inspiring Keyboardist
~ Winner of the 2001 SAMMY award for Best Blues Instrumentalist
Mark has been leading his own group, The Intention, for this entire duration, and was nominated for a SAMMY award for this group with the band's self-titled CD. The Intention continues presently, and has gone on to envelop more styles, playing Jam/Rock, Blues, Soul and plenty of original material in some of the region’s best live music clubs.
From 2014-18, he traveled with the Jess Novak Band from Key West to Burlington several times, and all over our own region, as well as garnering a SAMMY award for best Pop Album in 2017.
Nanni also stepped down in 2020 after spending 5 years filling the keyboard chair for the region’s top Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Hollow.
As for his present musical adventures, Nanni plays hundreds of solo performances annually which range in styles from all of his influences including Classic/Jam Rock, Pop/Rock, Soul, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, Light Classical and original material which he delivers on piano, accordion, guitar and vocal.
At his solo performances, you will hear songs by the likes of Jerry Garcia, Elton John, Ray Charles, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Jim Croce, Tom Petty, Willy Dixon, The Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Bach, Beethoven and so many more.