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Loston Harris Trio at The Carlyle's Bemelmans Bar

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Loston Harris Trio
(Loston Harris Website)
Loston Harris on Piano
Chris Berger on Bass
Marcus Parsley on Trumpet
Bemelmans Bar
At The Carlyle
(Bemelmans Bar Website)
Madison Avenue at 76th Street
NY, NY 10021

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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
January 27, 2007

While waiting for Rita Moreno’s second set at Café Carlyle, I caught the Loston Harris Trio at Bemelmans Bar. One is immediately taken by the fanciful and renowned Ludwig Bemelmans drawings on the walls, although the Bar is kept dark and mysterious. Loston Harris is an energetic and stylized pianist, and when I and my guest arrived, he was deep into an Ellington medley. The music seemed to be original arrangements of standards and 20th century jazz, and Chris Berger on bass with Marcus Parsley on trumpet joined in fused tempo and solo turns. A hint of Down by the Riverside ended an extended contemporary piece. As Harris played, Berger echoed his chords without surpassing the mood. Parsley’s very midnight trumpet created a muted (without the mute) ambiance.

Blue Skies with a touch of Fever was mesmerizing and seamless, as improvisational blues ensued. Berger took the full melody on bass, before the trio switched to straight jazz. Harris was accompanying his vocals on piano, with Berger and Parsley backing him up, just as Café Carlyle Manager, Tony Skrelja, motioned us next door. I recommend catching the Loston Harris Trio at the fascinating Bemelmans Bar, performing continuously Tuesday through Saturday nights.

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