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Sunday Jazz Brunch
Matt Giella Trio

Kellari Taverna
19 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
12 Noon – 4 PM

Matt Giella on Trumpet
Dave Lowenthal on Bass
Alex DeZenzo on Keyboard

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 22, 2012

A nice surprise in midtown, with an eclectic Greek and American cuisine-themed brunch, is the Matt Giella Trio at Kellari Taverna. The set list of ballads that entertained me, while I dined on Greek white wine and a crabmeat cocktail, was “My Funny Valentine” (Richard Rogers/Lorenz Hart), “God Bless the Child” (Arthur Herzog Jr./Billie Holiday), “When You Wish Upon a Star” (Leigh Harline/Ned Washington), “When I Fall in Love” (Victor Young/Edward Heyman), and “When Sunny Gets Blue” (Marvin Fischer/Jack Segal). The music is relaxing and renowned. The trio played blended harmonies, and Matt’s trumpet had clarity and poignancy. Usually I’d expect a tenor saxophone accompanying keyboard and electric bass for a soft set of standards, and it was a pleasant change, hearing the midnight trumpet refrains at 12 noon.

The band is casual and comfortable with each other’s cues, with Matt often leading the theme, but Dave often took the melody on bass, as did Alex on electric keyboard. The trio is seasoned, playing a mix of sequential and fragmented themes. There were hints of New Orleans, Disney, Swing, and, by the end of the set, the trio kicked it up a notch. I recommend stopping by Kellari Taverna on Sundays for smooth music and a three-course brunch with cocktail.

Matt Giella Trio at Kellari Taverna
Matt Giella on Trumpet
Alex DeZenzo on Keyboard
Dave Lowenthal on Electric Bass
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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