Jeff Mangone is a full time player and teacher of string bass, bass guitar, and tuba. Jeff has played virtually every style of music in local, national, and international venues in a professional career that began in 1972. Jeff is currently principal bassist for the Pittsburgh Opera, a position he has held proudly since 1987, as well as the Pittsburgh Ballet, Civic Light Opera, Wheeling Symphony where he also serves as Personnel Manager, Chamber Orchestra of Pittsbugh, Music on the Edge, Latshaw Pops, Pittsburgh Baroque Orchestra, and the PBS “My Music” Series. He is also a substitute bassist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has performed and/or lectured at every Pittsburgh Double Bass Symposium. His active jazz career includes concerts, touring, and recording with artists including Catch 22, Ken Karsh, Joe Negri, Opie Bellas, Daphne Alderson, Bo Wagner, Donna Groom, Ann Feeney, Latshaw Productions, Julia Eglar, Richard Stoltzman, Vic Damone, Rosemary Clooney, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Pops, and countless others. Since 1979, he has served on the faculty of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University and the University Of Pittsburgh Department Of Music. He has also served on the faculties of the Slippery Rock University Department of Music-1997 to 2009, the Indiana University of PA Department of Music-1990-1997, and the West Virginia University Department of Music-1978 to 1987. Many of his former students have gone on to careers in orchestras, jazz groups, touring Broadway musicals, and recording studios throughout the United States and the world.
Jeff is proudly married to Jennifer Gerhard Mangone, Principal Viola of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Orchestra! Jeff’s glorious double bass was made by Vittorio Bellarosa in Naples, Italy circa 1930 and has been is Jeff’s care since 1988!