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Lou Volpe on Guitar
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Julian Phillips, Proprietor and Chef
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New York, NY, 10019
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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 9, 2018


See a review of Lou Volpe’s CD, “Remembering Ol’ Blue Eyes”.

Tune List:
Dock of the Bay, Blackbird, I’ll Remember April, Human Nature, Impressions, You Go To My Head, Body & Soul, Message In A Bottle, Tenderly, Every Breath You Take, Stella By Starlight, Part-time Lover, Heartache Tonight, I Can’t Tell You Why, Europa, Green Dolphin Street, Green Onions, That’s All, Mountain Sigh (written by Lou), All The Things You Are, Take Five, My Guitar Gently Weeps. (Courtesy of booking@louvolpejazz.com)


The Sound Bite, on very busy Ninth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, hosted today by former news anchor and Chef, Julian Phillips, presented a Sunday Brunch with Lou Volpe on solo guitar. Some time ago, I had favorably reviewed his CD of guitar ballads, and this review is linked above. Today, Lou serenaded the restaurant guests with standards and even one of his own compositions. Lou has performed and recorded with artists like Liza Minelli, Peggy Lee, and Lionel Hampton. He’s renowned in the New York and national jazz communities.

His arrangement of “All the Things You Are” was refined, poignant, and pulsating. “Take Five” had a seasoned sense of flair, evocative of the Brubeck era. Lou had earlier played “Stella by Starlight”, with scintillating notes up and down the scale. He switches keys mid-phrase with ease. His “Part-time Lover” was rhythmic, yearning, and lyrical. “I Can’t Tell You Why”, a melodic standard, was imbued with repetitions and musicality, while “Europa” showed off Lou’s talent as he holds one note endlessly on multiple levels. This sound could fill a concert hall.

“Green Onions” was a tune that winds its theme around, and the following ballad, “That’s All”, in Lou’s original arrangement, was sublime. Lou’s own “Mountain Sigh” originated in a tour with Bette Midler. Lou’s specialty seemed to be his expert phrasing and pulse, with chords in a variety of tones. The Sound Bite, a new jazz restaurant, is well worth the visit, with a Chef Julian’s cuisine that blends Cajun, Italian, and Southern recipes and seasonings. The Jazz menu, as well, combines Blues, Progressive Jazz, Ballads, and Open Jams.



Lou Volpe on Guitar at
The Sound Bite in Hell's Kitchen
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Lou Volpe on Guitar at
The Sound Bite in Hell's Kitchen
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



The Expansive Bar & Media at
The Sound Bite in Hell's Kitchen
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



The Expansive Bar & Media at
The Sound Bite in Hell's Kitchen
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Interior Decor at The Sound Bite
with Celebrity & Media Signed Photographs
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Interior Decor at The Sound Bite
with Celebrity & Media Signed Photographs
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Interior Decor at The Sound Bite
with Celebrity & Media Signed Photographs
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Julian Phillips, Proprietor, The Sound Bite
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Lou Volpe on Guitar at
The Sound Bite in Hell's Kitchen
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net