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Larry Newcomb Trio at The Garage Restaurant & Café

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Larry Newcomb Trio

The Garage Restaurant & Café
99 Seventh Avenue South (at Grove Street)
NY, NY 10014

Larry Newcomb on Guitar
Tom Hubbard on Bass
Mike Camoia on Saxophone

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 4, 2006

(See a CD Review of Larry Newcomb Trio)


Central Park West
Hot House
Ray's Idea
Love for Sale
Beautiful Love
If I Should Lose You
It's Easy to Remember
East of the Sun
No Greater Love
(with Hill Greene sitting in)

“The Garage Restaurant & Café Background: The building was established in the 1920's as an automobile garage. The Garage logo is derived from the original mosaic embedded in the front of the building. In the 1940's and 50's, the space was called The Nut Club, a cabaret that was a forerunner of the comedy clubs of today, with entertainers such as Jackie Gleason performing on stage. From 1969 to the early 1990's the Circle Repertory Company, an off-Broadway theater troupe, used the space as their theater (featuring early performances by actors Danny Aiello, Alec Baldwin, William Hurt and Demi Moore). On June 14, 1995, Garage opened to rave reviews”. (Garage Website Notes)

The Garage Saturday Brunch is plentiful and reasonable, and I and my brunch companions (brother Steve, nephew Jake, and bassist Hilliard Greene) dined on omelets, smoked salmon, and Belgian waffles. The staff is friendly and attentive. The ambiance is downtown, but upscale. There’s a great stage (used to be Circle Rep Theatre) and good acoustics. I remembered attending dramatic productions there, some time ago. I soon remembered Larry Newcomb (today’s trio leader) from collaboration in arts in education, also some years ago. New York can be small.

Larry Newcomb, on guitar, Mike Camoia, on tenor sax, and Tom Hubbard, on bass, developed a really listenable, smooth sound, a group worth experiencing. Their choice of popular ballads enhanced the pleasure of this weekend afternoon in the heart of the Village. Coltrane’s Central Park West had a good vibe, and Cole Porter’s Love for Sale included generous and sensuous solos. Larry Newcomb is a master guitarist, who plays with seamless sensitivity and style. His solos are mesmerizing. This trio serves up bluesy standards with a cool, smooth presentation. Mike Camoia is a pro, his tenor sax barely moving, while it generates clear, charming melodies.

The trio even threw in a Jobim tune, Wave, as well as Toots Thielmans’ Bluesette. Tom Hubbard took the lead in several interludes, capturing the theme in intriguing improvisation, and our guest, Hilliard Greene, of Jimmy Scott’s band, called The Jazz Expressions, joined Newcomb and Camoia in No Greater Love. I recommend catching the Larry Newcomb Trio at The Garage Restaurant & Café Brunch as soon as possible. Check The Garage website for current and future listings.

Steve Weinrebe at the Farmer's Market
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Tom Hubbard on Bass, Mike Camoia on Tenor Sax
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Larry Newcomb on Guitar
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Johnny, The Garage Manager
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Hill Greene, Jake, Steve
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Larry, Hill, Mike
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Hill Greene on Bass
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