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Tommy Mandel Albums

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Collection of the less cringeworthy songs I wrote, recorded and sang in the 80s over synths and live instrumentation.
(credits at bottom of page)
Synth-strumentals recorded direct to DAT from LinnSequencer and lots of synths. Pet Sounds or Pet Shop Boys?
Psychedelic Travelogue recorded at SongShop Studios early 80’s. Hilly Michaels drums. Zenobia co-vocals. Tom Morrongiello guitars. Wayne Vlcan co-produced. Jean Petrucelli exec. producer.
More synth-strumentals! Some good ones!
Some of these appear on InnerCities Records’ 2019 vinyl release, Mello Magic.
The first 7 here are a song cycle featuring great vocalists like Joe Cerisano, Pete Hewlett, Marianne Faithful, Zenobia, Jeff Southworth & Frannie Faith Southworth.
More Synth-strumentals, as the gear got fresher, sampling took off, and mistakes were learned from.
Synth-strumentals and Atmospherics!
Solo Piano.
Meditation music in the style of George Winston, Wilhelm Reich, and George Washington.
Dolphin Jams
Designed to Knock You Out.
The Robots are Dancing on the Beach
at Hawaiian Sunset in LA.
Lots of Songs
Some experimental
All Heartfelt
Please excuse all Human Error
Lydia Burns vocal on Baby Please Come Back
Kitana Andrews vocal on I Will
Songs and Grooves
In an Age of Political Anger
Kirsten Thien: BG vocals on Scarsdale, That’s How They Take It, and I Go To Sleep.
Elaine Caswell: BG vocals on Get Ridda Butch
Rock Opera soundtrack starring
Jimi Tunnell, Dee Carstensen
Gregory Fleeman, Nancy Godwin
Alison England, and Y.T.
Also a low-res cartoon – Act I is up on YouTube.
The plot involves an underwater baseball taoist world
invaded by flying crustaceans bent on
Industrial Domination of the Galaxy.
(And of course, the love triangles that develop.)

EVERY DOG – Credits
‘…” Credits


Elementary Piano Course

My friend and colleague, Paul Kwame Johnson founded Youth Theater Interactions in Yonkers, NY with Mr. James Hill in the 70’s. They have ushered thousands of kids into fun and productivity, in theater and dance since then. Mr. Hill has since passed away, and Kwame has just started a new venture.
In the early 70’s, I worked for their program at a High School or Middle School in Mount Vernon, mentoring a rock-soul band of the young students, one day a week.
Recently Kwame sounded me out about creating a series of piano lessons for a beginner, on video, for YTI. I’d never done it before so I tried, imangining as best I could, how that might work.
YTI still host the video links, I think they still work, but I’m not sure they will forever. One other person deserves a shout out for his help: Howard Schatz, a great pianist/entertainer, religious philosopher, and a dead-ringer for Frank Sinatra when he hits the stage. Such a voice! Anyway, here is a link to the video page. Remember, I was imagining an 8 year old as my remote student. But the keys are the same.

Upcoming Appearances

Marc Berger gig – The Turning Point, Piermont, NY – March 18

Bruce T. Carroll gig – Rockwood Music Hall, Allen St. NYC, NY – March 21

Michael Kehr gig – Rockwood Music Hall, Allen St. NYC, NY – April 16

Song Night Cabaret – Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY – May 6 & 7

Howie Solo – Gene Frankel Theater, 24 BOND ST., NYC, NY – April 28, 8pm

Katelyn Richards – feat. Benny Landa & Mike Vesciglia – Heaven Can Wait, East Village, NYC – May 22

™ Pipe Organ Improv and Party – Bowdoin College Chapel, Brunswick, Maine – June 3 1:00pm

Harlem Yacht Club House Band – 7 Fridays over the Summer – City Island, NY. June 15, etc.

1967 Show Featuring Murderer’s Row – The Cutting Room, July 1

Laura Fay Lewis – The Bitter End, NYC, July 6

The Amazing Lavinia Draper Cabaret feat. Anthony Fett, Prohibition, W84 St, July 11

Howie Solo – Duo Concert, Gene Frankel Gallery, 24 Bond St., NYC, July 24

Harlem Yacht Club, City Island, NY – live blues and pop featuring Aliza Ryan, August 5

Reunion Band (I’m filling in for their fine keyboardist Joe Marcone, Pomona, NY, August 6

Dire Straits Legacy (DSL) tour – US – 4 former Dire Straits (including me) + Trevor Horn (The Buggles, Yes, Seal, Frankie Goes to Hollywood) – Aug 19- Sept 5 – Phil Palmer, Alan Clark, Trevor, Mel Collins, Me, Marco Caviglia (in the role of Marco Knopfler) & Italian SuperDrummer, Cristiano Micalizzi…

Either Sept 1 or Sept 2 may be postponed. Check with venue if you are planning to attend.

Denis Leary Band – Michael J Fox Foundation Benefit – Cure for Parkinson’s – October 29 NYC

Pre-Halloween Lavinia Draper Cabaret feat. Anthony Fett, Prohibition, W84 St, Oct 30, NYC

1967 Featuring Mike Fornatale and Charlie Roth – The Cutting Room – November 3

Denis Leary Band – Comics Come Home Concert – Boston (TD) Garden – November 12, 2022

Howie Solo – the man the legend – duo – Gene Frankel Theater 24 Bond St, NYC – Nov 30 & Dec 7.

Sarah Lawrence

Music Director, Theater Dept; Accompanist, Music Dept.


©️Tommy Mandel 2020


The more successful
Synth-strumentals from day-to-day Experimenting
at Tommy Labs
Appear Here

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