Paul Prestopino, Banjo

Paul Prestopino gave State of the Arts a special mini-concert of one of his own compositions, “Weymann’s March.” Paul was interviewed during the filming of a story about the unique community of Roosevelt, New Jersey and the artists and musicians who’ve lived there over the years. His father was painter Gregorio Prestopino. Here’s Paul’s bio, from the website of the Roosevelt Arts Project:

“Paul’s family moved to Roosevelt from Brooklyn in 1949, and, with only a short break (1959-1962), he has lived in Roosevelt ever since. Paul plays all the fretted instruments, plus harmonicas and the occasional recorder. He began his professional musical career in 1961 as accompanist with the Chad Mitchell Trio, played behind Peter, Paul & Mary for fifteen years, and has recorded with numerous folk, pop, and rock-and-roll artists. He presently divides his time between work as a designer/builder/maintainer of pro audio equipment, backing up various folk musicians, and playing for contra dances and English country dances. In addition to the Roosevelt String Band, he is also a member of Hold The Mustard (English country dance), the Jugtown Mountain String Band (old-time), and the Magnolia Street String Band (bluegrass).”

Produced by Susan Wallner, with videography by Joe Conlon. Special thanks to Sara Libsohn Prestopino and Ilene Dube.

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