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Tony Danno


Tony Danno--- Tony is the founder and leader of The Manhattan Skyline. His unique musical arrangements and complex vocal harmonies come to life onstage and in the studio via the hand-picked group of musicians and vocalists he has painstakingly assembled. Tony was a member of The Capris for many years, recorded their Ambient Album, and is the original baritone voice on their big hit "Morse Code Of Love". Tony was also the original drummer for the Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes album containing "The Love I Lost" and other great hits. For over 14 years, Tony was a member of The Chimes and was very instrumental in the recording of their CD "Don't Take Away Our Music". He also contributed to their CD: "Songs From The Heart". Tony's lead on that CD was "She'd Rather Be With Me". Today he continues to perform many of these great songs with The Manhattan Skyline.


Bobby Petrone (keyboard and Vocals)


Bobby Petrone--- Keyboards and Vocals. Bobby is one of the original members of Manhattan Skyline, and was a member of The Chimes for many years. Along with Tony, Bobby was very instrumental in the Chimes recording of "Don't Take Away Our Music". As The Manhattan Skyline's musical director he plays keyboards, piano, organ and strings, and is the fifth voice in the intricate harmony structures. Bobby was also the musical director for the Royal New York Doo Wop shows at Radio City Music Hall for many years. Bobby has worked with just about anyone associated with nostalgic rock & roll. This music is his passion and love.


Jimmy Russo


Jimmy Russo--- JIMMY RUSSO BEGAN SINGING PROFESSIONALLY WHEN HE SANG WITH JIMMY KEYS AND THE CHORDS IN 1981, AND LEAD VOCALS FOR VITO AND THE SALUTATIONS FROM 1982 TO 1998. IN 1998 TO 2008 HE SANG LEAD VOCALS FOR THE CHIMES, THE EARLS, THE MANHATTAN SKYLINE, AND IN 2010 HE WAS THE LEAD VOCALIST FOR THE DUPREES. JIMMY RUSSO APPEARED WITH THE CHIMES ON TWO PBS TELEVISION SPECIALS PRODUCED BY T.J. LUBINSKY. THE FIRST WAS CALLED “DOOWOP 52” IN 2001, AND THE SECOND WAS CALLED “MY MUSIC” IN 2003. HE ALSO APPEARED ON MANY SHOWS PRODUCED BY RICHARD NADER, DICK FOX, MICKEY B, AND THE DON K. REED “DOO WOP SHOP” RADIO SHOW ON CBS FM. JIMMY RUSSO IS THE ORIGINAL LEAD VOCAL OF THE MANHATTAN SKYLINE.


Bobby Petrone (keyboard and Vocals)


Catherine Presti-Santaniello--- Bronx born Catherine is the newest member of The Manhattan Skyline. She has been singing since she was 7, turning pro at the ripe young age of 16 when she began studying vocal styles and music theory with Walter Alessi, noted pianist for The Guy Lombardo Orchestra. At the age of 18, Catherine founded one of Long Island’s most popular Doo Wop/Oldies bands, Cathy and The Revivals, and also sang for many years with Tony Ferrari's Chaperone Salute. She has shared the stage with some of the greatest names in Doo Wop and has opened for Johnny Maestro, Larry Chance and The Earls, Vito and The Salutations and Randy and The Rainbows, to name a few of her favorites. Cathy’s considerable experience ranges from Doo Wop and Top 40, to being featured vocalist with several big-band orchestras, including The Tom Costello Orchestra. All this to make her way to the fabulous stage with The Manhattan Skyline!


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Alfredo Rios Jr.--- Alfredo sings 1st and 2nd tenor for Manhattan Skyline and has also sung with Vito & The Salutations, Emil Stucchio and The Classics, and Freddy Scott (hit: Hey Girl). He sang vocals on the B.B. King “Live at San Quentin” album and has written and recorded many jingles with Trade Martin, and with Spencer Michlin and Co. The multi-talented Mr. Rios was part of a Disco Group in the 80's (BIMBO JET) which sold over 5 1/2 million records in France, Italy and Spain. The hit was "EL BIMBO" and received a gold record award. He was also a well regarded flute player on the Latin music scene with La Fuersa Latina (many hits). In addition to singing with The Manhattan Skyline, Alfredo is a successful and popular vocal coach.


 Dave Grant (Guitar)

Dave Grant --- Guitar, Keyboards and vocals. After getting his Masters Degree in Music, Dave "took it on the road", becoming the lead guitarist and Musical Director for The Village People throughout the 1980's. In addition, he has toured and recorded with other famous artists such as The Ritchie Family and Debbie Gibson, as well as with various oldies bands and solo artists. Currently, Dave is the director of instrumental music at Newtown High School in Queens, New York, where he conducts the concert band. An active musician and arranger, he continues to perform throughout the Tri-State area.


Howie Rosenberg (bass)

Howie Rosenberg--- Bass. A former member of The Chimes, Howie also appears on their "Don't Take Away Our Music" CD. Howie has a B.S Degree in Music from Lehman College, and an M.S Degree from Queens College. Howie, one of the most polished bass players around, has played professionally for The Marvelettes, Bo Diddly, Tiny Tim, Bobby Lewis, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Cadillacs, The Chantels, Randy and The Rainbows, Vanilla Fudge, Tony Orlando, and many other recording acts. We are very lucky to have Howie with us.


Joe Varvaro (Drums

Joe Varvaro--- Joe has thirty years experience as a professional drummer, performing live and in the studio. He has performed with Mary Lamont, Reflections Three, The Perry Lane Orchestra, St George Theater Productions, Kashmir, The Denny Colt Project, Grand Passion Performance on "The Joe Franklin Show," Galaxy Music, and with many Oldies acts. Joe has been a private drum teacher from 1980 to present. He was music instructor at Brentwood Union Free School District in New York from 1990-1995, and percussion instructor at Perry Hall High School Bands in Baltimore, MD from 1996-1997.


John Mazzocchi (Tenor, Alto & Baritone Sax

John Mazzocchi--- Tenor, Alto & Baritone Sax. Another former member of The Chimes for many years, John also appears on the recording of "Don't Take Away Our Music". Throughout the 80's & 90's, John performed with many wedding & big bands, as well as many 50's & 60's groups such as The Coasters, The Toys, Eddie Holman, The Drifters, The Teenagers, Darlene Love, and many more. John has also appeared on TV, notably the ABC daytime soap "One Life To Live". He handles many of the sax solos heard on Skylines CD, and continues to perform throughout the Tri State area.


Roy Silverstein  (Sax)

Roy Silverstein--- Roy, aka "Harpo," has been playing saxophone professionally since age 15. He is a graduate of Hofstra University with a BA/MA in music (BA full scholarship from Newsday Marching Band). Music definitely runs in the Silverstein family - his dad played violin with the Mantovanni orchestra, mom was a Juilliard School piano graduate, and brother Steve a Potsdam alumni. A native New Yorker, Roy was a member of the 60s group The Crazy Elephant ("Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'") and has toured with Sly and the Family Stone, Canned Heat, and 20 Years After. In addition to tenor sax, he also plays soprano, alto and bari saxes, flute and keyboard.


 Dave Grant (Guitar)

Jimmy Kanellos --- Trumpet, saxophones. Jim is one of the original members of The Manhattan Skyline. He's a full-time musician and music teacher who began playing professionally at the age of 14, and started teaching at the young age of 16. Jimmy also plays clarinet and sings. He is adept at many styles of music, from Big Band to Swing, including Doo Wop, Disco, Classic and Contemporary Rock. An original member of The Perry Lane Orchestra, Jim has played with many famous artists such as The Devotions, The Chimes, Larry Chance and The Earls, Frankie Ford, Emil Stuccio and The Classics, The Drifters and Tiny Tim, to name just a few.


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