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Lincoln Mayorga concerts to benefit nonprofits

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Lincoln Mayorga went on after his initial success with the Four Preps to establish himself as a world renowned classic concert artist.

He has performed in over 250 cities across America, throughout Europe and in Russia as guest soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic in a Tribute to Gershwin as well as at prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl – Lincoln Center to The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Often cited as one of the busiest studio musicians in Hollywood, he was staff pianist at Disney Studios for 20 years and contributed to the soundtrack of such film classics as “Chinatown,” “The Rose,” “The Competition,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “Ragtime,” “The Way We Were,” and “Funny Lady” as well as TV classics like “Bonanza,” “Dallas,” “Fame,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Highway to Heaven” and “Touched by an Angel.”

His legendary pianist versatility runs the stylistic gamut from the 18th century pieces to ragtime, pop to jazz and even includes rock as attested to by the fact that he was co-creator, arranger, conductor and producer of the “The Pittdown Men” a Capitol Records rock fusion band of the 60s that has sold millions and become an on-going cult favorite around the world.

On the pop side, he was co-producer, arranger and conductor of Ketty Lester’s classic million selling recording of “Love Letters” and a recording studio stalwart as pianist, arranger and conductor for artists like Barbra Streisand, Mel Torme’, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Henry Mancini, Vicki Carr, Frank Zappa, Margaret Whiting, Ringo Starr, Phil Ochs and Quincy Jones.

He’s recorded a highly regarded series of ragtime albums under the name Al “Spider” Dugan and his celebrated classical career encompasses concert collaborations with revered musical luminaries like Itzhak Perlman, Michael Tilson Thomas, Josef Suk, Arnold Steinhardt, Gerard Schwartz and numerous distinguished American Orchestras.

He was recently featured guest on National Public Radio’s “Piano Jazz” with Marian McPartland and re-joined Bruce and The Four Preps on the recent Award-winning PBS Special, “Magic Moments.” Lincoln likes to joke that he insists on touring with his Hollywood High classmate every 50 years if his schedule allows.


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