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"The Late Set" at Room 623, a New Speakeasy for Friday Night Jazz in Harlem

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”The Late Set” at Room 623
Harlem’s Speakeasy
(Room 623 Web Page)
Marcus Goldhaber, Host & Emcee

The Jordan Young Organ Trio

Jordan Young on Drums
George Papageorge on Organ
Will Bernard on Guitar

Located at
271 West 119th Street
NY, NY 10026

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 12, 2019

There’s a new Speakeasy for cool, contemporary jazz in Harlem, “The Late Set” at Room 623, a small space attached to B Squared Harlem, a restaurant at 271 West 119th Street, down some stairs, tucked away. Once you enter, you can order drinks, appetizer, main dish, and more, on a special jazz menu. The staff is very friendly and attentive, with efficient service and lovely presentations. My white wine and fresh shrimp cocktail were divine. Marcus Goldhaber, a singer, songwriter, actor, and emcee, introduced the Jordan Young Organ Trio, with Jordan on drums, George Papageorge on Hammond Organ, and Will Bernard on Guitar. The trio performed with enthusiasm, energy, and panache, opening with Marcus on vocals, joining the band’s first tune. Their pulse was magnetic.

Tonight’s first set included these tunes: “Blues for J”, “Who’s Making Love?”, “Don’t Be So Mean Arlene”, “Ronnie’s Bonnie”, “Closer I Get to You”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “A Soul That’s Been Abused”, and “Green Onions” (Courtesy of the band). The tunes were imbued with danceable, singable rhythms, and, in this intimate space, drew the listener in. One tune would be melancholy, lyrical, and yearning, the next might be punctuated, syncopated, and driven. Will’s solo guitar, in one piece, was impressively melodic, and the next tune, exuding New Orleans blues, was improvisational and cool. George’s organ solos reverberated throughout the room, and Jordan’s drums were scintillating and stylized, uniquely for each tune. Room 623’s tin ceiling, leather couches, dim chandeliers, and iron grate entry stairs all enhanced the noir, speakeasy ambiance that jazz aficionados crave.

“The Late Set” at Room 623, a new club created by the versatile, seasoned musician, Marcus Goldhaber, is well worth a Friday night visit, and the dining and drinks will keep you listening for sets into the night. They charge $20 at the door, and $15 in advance for the music cover. Food and drinks are quite reasonable, and the crowd is vibrant and social. You can order tickets on the Room 623 Web Page.

Marcus Goldhaber, Host
The Late Set at Room 623
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Will Bernard on Guitar
Jordan Young on Drums
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

George Papageorge on Organ
Jordan Young on Drums
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Will Bernard on Guitar
Jordan Young on Drums
George Papageorge on Organ
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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