Neal Stuart and The Empire State is an exciting all star collaboration of veteran musicians, featuring present and former members of well known groups. We have come together due to the requests we have received for many years and our desire to celebrate the breadth and depth of the music of the heroes of rock and roll that provided the soundtrack of a generation whose love of vocal music is stronger today than ever.
LEAD VOCALIST. The leader of Neal Stuart and the Empire State has been performing for over five decades, starting professionally, in the early 1960’s as one of the lead vocalists of the well-known Bronx, NY acapella group, The Zirkons. He has also sung with various Long Island groups and has appeared in many solo shows throughout the tri-state area. Neal’s renowned bel canto voice style shines in the songs he sings, such as Sincerely, Gee, But I'd Give the World and his signature song, Unchained Melody. Music and singing have always been Neal’s passion, which is easily recognized in his performances. He is considered one of the premiere vocalists in New York.
VOCALS. Inspired by neighborhood acapella groups in the early 1960’s, John started singing with The Congenials, which became The Premiers and then The Horizons, performing at local venues. With The Horizons, John's singing is featured on their hit Hey Now Baby, which won 3rd place on Murray the K’s singing group contest. After serving our country with the Marines, John sung with Sights Unlimited and with The Horizons.
VOCALS. Ralph Vincent Moccio studied voice with vocal coaches Alfredo Martino and Carlo Menotti in NYC. He sang lead with his groups, Ralph Vincent and The Chordelles, The Valiants, Robin and The Hoods and The Zig Zag People. With Decca Records The Zig Zag People had an album with 2 singles. Ralph was also a successful businessman with his Nick DiAngelo and Nick’s Tusca Grille restaurants. His love of music has brought him back to The Empire State.
KEYS and VOCALS. A former music teacher, Joe’s love for music was recognized in his youth, playing clarinet and saxophone, which he had to discontinue, due to unfortunate circumstances. Joe then acclimated himself and became a success on the piano. In his career as a musician, he has played keys for Randy and The Rainbows with Randy Safuto, known for their 1963 recording, Denise and has performed The Dubs, known for Could it Be Magic. Locally, Joe has performed with Time and Time Again and The Raves.
BASS GUITAR and VOCALS. Rod Doe has worked with Hot Kole Entertainment in clubs throughout the Northeast and has performed at the Miss Universe Pageant throughout the 1970’s with the same group. He has also worked with The Drifters and Spiral Staircase, in addition to playing bass and vocals with with The Turning Point (the Noblemen Orchestra) and most recently with The Raves and The Brewing Company.
DRUMS. Jim Mantegna has been playing drums for over 30 years. He honed his R&B chops sitting in with the revered Long Island soul singer Little Buster and has since played virtually every genre of music, rocking metro area music festivals with blues and fifties acts like Blue Roots and Juke Box Saturday Night, and playing the east coast circuit with the Brazilian pop and Latin Jazz band Rio. Additionally he has spent the last ten years backing up area club date band Dreamz and providing the pocket for the classic soul sounds of Wilson Pickett with The Radio.