February 22, 2020 - 8:00 pm
The Intention began as the Mark Nanni Trio in 1996, an original jazz combo. Over the years, there have been personnel changes, a change of name to The Intention, and radical changes in genre. While the band will always at its core be a jazz group in the tradition of a modern Bill Evans Trio due to its conversational, interactive improvisational style, they now stretch into all manner of jam/classic rock and original material. Regardless of the style, the collective improvisational style remains as the thread uniting all of the different genres played. This is a band with years of chemistry under its belt, now featuring Mark Nanni on keyboards, Josh Dekaney on percussion, and Don Martin on bass.
Mark Nanni has been playing music for a living based out of CNY for 25 years, as a professional keyboardist for many bands (live and in the studio), on piano, organ and accordion. He is a multi-SAMMY awards winner, including a handful with the band Los Blancos, of which he was a member for 20 years.
Other awards include Los Angeles’ 5th Annual South Bay Music Award for Keyboardist of the Year and the Studio Jams 2015 International Inspiration Awards for Most Inspiring Keyboardist.
Mark has also been leading The Intention, for this entire duration, and was nominated for a SAMMY award for this group with the band's self-titled CD.
In the last few years, he has 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.
To round out his present musical adventures, Nanni plays with the region's premiere Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Hollow, and plays many solo performances, which range in styles from all of his influences including rock, pop/rock, soul, blues, jazz, light classical, and original material which he delivers on piano and vocal
Josh Dekaney is an adjunct professor of music at SU, and has taught drum set, hand percussion, jazz improvisation, and Samba Laranja, the Syracuse University Brazilian Ensemble which has performed for thousands of public school students and been featured four times at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
His interest in diverse music has led Dekaney to work with artists Mary Fahl, Peter Cetera, Kaïssa, Jimmy Haslip, and Aretha Franklin. He has recorded drums and percussion on more than four dozen albums and performed hundreds of shows at Syracuse Stage. In addition, Dekaney has performed with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and Symphoria, as well as The Intention. He also continues to write and record his own music. Whether on stage or in the studio, Dekaney plays multi-percussion with a soulful, deft touch and a keen ear for balancing the ensemble.
Born in Syracuse, New York, into a family of jazz musicians, Don Martin’s professional bass career began with tours up and down the east coast playing funk with NYC bands. He has performed with numerous Black Rock Coalition artists, including Vernon Reid. Don found his way into session and jingle work, and his rich bass sounds can be heard as the foundation for many a track in studios all over Manhattan. You could also catch Don on most Sundays thumping strings in Brooklyn, New York, with Courtney Bradley and True Worship, a gospel band and choir that has appeared at such legendary venues as Harlem’s Apollo.for this group with the band's self-titled CD.
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