H O P E - Mitch Chakour
Mitch Chakour is a keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist, song-writer and arranger who is a musicians’ musician. Mitch was Joe Cocker’s music director, keyboardist and vocalist in the 70’s and 80’s. He has toured with The J. Geils Band singing with Peter Wolf, opening the House of Blues and performing at Fenway Park in Boston along with Aerosmith. He played in the house band for Joe’s Place in Boston early in his career, where he played with the best of the blues: Howling Wolf, Big Momma Thornton, Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, Muddy Waters, Freddie King and many other blues’ greats. He has a diverse resume that includes dates with B.B. King, James Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Chuck Berry, Buddy Miles, Matt Guitar Murphy, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Peter Wolf and he also is a member of Shaboo Allstars, whose members have played with Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner and other well-known artists and bands. Mitch’s Mission Band was an acclaimed regional band for many years. Recently he has arranged songs and performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Massachusetts Symphony. Other musical endeavors include house band for the television show, Community Auditions, music director for Majestic Theater, New Century Theater and Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School. He has composed music for Omni Music for television and radio. He has supported the musicianship and aspirations of many young musicians, who have gone on to successful careers in music. Mitch’s skillful, funky keyboard and guitar stylings, his soulful voice and charismatic stage presence connects with the audience in a deeply moving and authentic way….