Two Tabers: An evening with Mark and Sam Taber EARLY SHOW 5-8PM
Two Tabers is a piano duo like no other. Mark and Sam Taber have been playing in Rhode Island and Boston area clubs, theaters and restaurants for the past few years. They’ve opened up for musicians including John Mayall, Tower of Power, and B.B. King. Their high energy and great musicianship captivate audiences and invariably bring them to their feet.
Mark Taber has been a professional pianist in the Rhode Island area for over 50 years. Revered by local music lovers, Mark has played and recorded with large and small bands, starting with The Tombstone Blues Band in 1967 and including many others. He’s also accompanied numerous singers and has maintained a flourishing solo career, in which his repertoire includes blues, boogie woogie, traditional standards and contemporary songs. Mark’s expressive style—including his powerful left hand that has been described as a “sledgehammer”—is firmly grounded in tradition. It reflects influences as diverse as Dave Brubeck, Ray Bryant, and Otis Spann—but is utterly his own.
Sam Taber is a Rhode Island-born pianist currently living in Boston. He grew up studying classical piano while learning blues from his father. He currently plays in the Allston blues/psychedelic rock band Milk, accompanies Boston-area singers, and has a weekly volunteer gig at Mass General Hospital. He teaches piano to students of all ages. Sam’s electrifying style draws from traditional blues and rock influences, ranging from Johnny Otis and Professor Longhair to The Band.