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Keyboardist Al Nathan was a regular on the central New York music scene. We regret his passing in 2014; his immense talent will be missed and he will always be remembered by blues fans everywhere. He giged with his band Bluestreak in local clubs between Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Old Forge, Cobleskill, Saratoga, and wherever they needed to hear some good blues music. Al released his CD, "Blues and Black Coffee" in 2007 and was ready to begin recording his second CD. In addition to leading Al Nathan and Bluestreak, he spent hours and hours and hours making lots of bagels and donuts and goodies at Nathan's Adirondack Bakery in Old Forge. There was lots of blues music going on there all night, all day, all week, all year... working crazy hours is good for developing the "blues mind-set."
Al originated many years ago in a canoe on First Lake - (his parents were on a canoe trip and little Al arrived early). He was certified an expert swimmer at 5 minutes of age, and spent most of his youth trying to get the water out of his ears!
Through 1967, Al spent lots of time in (and out) of schools, learning to play music and rocking out in local Utica bands. He then moved to Boston, and was influenced by lots of good music: Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Allman Bros, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Siegal Schwall Blues Band, Jay Geils, etc., and played with some good locals in the Boston scene. He attended Berklee College of Music and earned a degree in music education, then returned to CNY, and for many years has taught music in the Utica City School District.
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The Mohawk Valley Blues Society is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
"Mohawk Valley Blues Society, hereinafter also referred to as the society, shall operate as a not for profit corporation organized exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code, for the following purposes:
1) To bring the love of blues to our region by providing live entertainment to the Mohawk Valley area.
2) To offer blues artists another outlet in which to carry on the tradition and art of the blues.
3) To increase awareness of and educate people from all walks of life to have an appreciation for the blues."