one of Connecticut’s premier blues guitarists, has been a pivotal force on the New England music scene for over three decades. His band has shared sidemen with such luminaries as Marvin Gaye, Tower of Power, Gary Moore, The Allman Brothers, the Max Weinberge 7, Johnny Winter, Texas legend Freddie King, The Young Rascals and Danny Gatton.
He has also appeared in New York City blues clubs performing with Tom “Pipes” McDonnell and “Blue” Lou Marini of Blues Brothers fame, as well as JSP recording artist Cookie McGee and Alligator recording artist Sonny Rhodes. Gary has worked with Wilson Pickett, Eddie Buster (of Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons, Lester Chambers and the Chambers Brothers and jazz sax legend Houston Persons.
In the late 80s Gary took a brief hiatus from band-leading to take the guitar chair as musical director with R&B legends “The Chambers Brothers”. Tour stops included New York City blues clubs, pop festivals and a night at New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center. During this period he shared the stage with such Rhythm and Blues notables as guitarist Cornell Dupree (Aretha Franklin; King Curtis), bassist Harvey Brooks (Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors) and others.
Freelance work has brought Gary to stages in major cities across the United States including Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Atlantic City and New Orleans to name a few, and has found him moving in the company of such notables as Chicago blues pioneer Phil Guy, one of the premier legends of the blues along with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Willie Dixon.
Gary’s first European tour occurred in 1994 when he signed on with the popular blues outfit “Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze” for a ten-week visit to Germany and France. Subsequent European travels have showcased his talents at blues clubs and festival audiences in Spain, Holland and Switzerland. Gary is currently working on recording a compilation of his personal favorite blues and jazz standards for a CD proposed for American release later this year.
Gary’s current jazz project "the Mark Templeton Trio" Mark Templeton piano (Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis all stars, Kenny Garrett ) Nat Reeves bass (Jimmy Cobb, Sonny Stitt, Hank Jones, Pat Metheny, the late Jackie McLean). The Mark Templeton Trio is currently working on a CD of arrangements by Mark. The trio has been doing concerts and festivals over the last few years and appearing at venues such as Music Mountain and the University of Hartford. The trio's current repertoire includes arrangements and music by Wes Montgomery, Nat king Cole, Theloneus Monk, Miles Davis, Coltrane and Charlie Parker.